A Baite for the Devil
33 cm x 22.7 cm (13 in. x 8 15/16 in.)
Medium and Support:
Etching and engraving
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Jack S. Blanton Curatorial Endowment Fund, 2004
The three figures represent the three aspects of Sir Henry Bate Dudley: the central figure, his role as parson; the one facing left, that of barrister; the one facing right, dressed as an advertiser for the Morning Post, that of newspaper editor. Tied together by a rope, standing upon a bible and a letter box, the group satirizes Dudley’s falseness, as well as his taste for costume. At the same time, the composition refers to traditional emblems, and its drawing is quite fine.