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A panegyric on the happiness and "Pleasures of the Married State", published in London ca. 1780. A father teaches his son reading, while his wife holds their daughter. A painting of Christ changing water into wine at the wedding-feast of Cana is shown on the wall, while an outdoors hat and equipment for battledore/shuttlecock (i.e. the precursor to badminton) are on the floor.
Poem in image:
- A Wife so chaste, so tender, and so kind,
- So lovely in her Person and her mind;
- The gentle smiling Girl, the pratling Boy,
- The Father's comfort and the Mother's joy:
- Are blessed Guardians 'gainst all human woes,
- Unknown to idle Rakes, to Fops, and Beaus;
- These are the Pleasures of the Social state,
- View this, you Batchelors, and mourn your fate.
For a caricature from the same period expressing the opposite point of view, see File:Les plaisir du mènage by James Gillray.jpg
Edited from image on Library of Congress website at http://memory.loc.gov/master/pnp/cph/3b00000/3b07000/3b07300/3b07363u.tif
Bibliographic information found on the LoC site:
TITLE: The pleasures of the married state / W. Proud del. et sculp.
CALL NUMBER: PC 2 - Pleasures of the married state (A size) [P&P]
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZ62-59621 (b&w film copy neg.) No known restrictions on publication.
SUMMARY: Print shows a family gathering around a table, the husband, seated, is instructing a son who stands next to him with an open book, and the wife, seated opposite, holds an infant daughter, the children mimic the parent's costume; in the background is a painting of Jesus changing water to wine during the wedding feast. Includes eight lines of verse promoting marriage.
MEDIUM: 1 print : engraving.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: London : Printed for Robt. Sayer in Fleet Street, & Jno. Smith in Cheapside, [between 1770 and 1789]
NOTES: Title from item. Forms part of: British Cartoon Collection (Library of Congress).
- Domestic life--England--1770-1790.
FORMAT: Cartoons (Commentary) British 1770-1790. Engravings British 1770-1790.
REPOSITORY: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
DIGITAL ID: (b&w film copy neg.) cph 3b07363 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b07363
CARD #: 2003675451
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