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A Man Loaded with Mischief, or Matrimony, c. 1766 (colour etching)

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A Man Loaded with Mischief, or Matrimony, c. 1766 (colour etching)

XCF290992 A Man Loaded with Mischief, or Matrimony, c.1766 (colour etching) by English School, (18th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: subtitled A Monkey, A Magpie and Wife, Is the True Emblem of Strife; published by Robert Sayer; Drawn by Experience, Engraved by Sorrow; ); English, out of copyright

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Alcoholism Burden Burdened Carries Drunk Inebriated Inebriation Laziness Lazy Lock Married Padlock Shoulders Suffering Supporting Vice Wedlock Pawn Broker


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A Man Loaded with Mischief, or Matrimony

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is a captivating and humorous 18th-century colour etching that offers a satirical commentary on the complexities of marriage. This print, created by an anonymous English artist, depicts a scene filled with mischief and misfortune. The central figure is burdened both physically and emotionally as he carries the weight of his marital troubles. With shoulders slumped under the weight of his responsibilities, he trudges along carrying not only his drunken self but also a mischievous monkey and chatty magpie – symbolic representations of strife within wedlock. The subtitled phrase "A Monkey, A Magpie and Wife Is the True Emblem of Strife" further emphasizes the chaotic nature of this man's life. The image suggests that marriage can be burdensome, akin to carrying heavy loads while being surrounded by troublemakers. In this street scene from Georgian England, we witness the consequences of excessive drinking (gin) leading to laziness and suffering. The presence of cats alludes to pawnbrokers who often preyed upon individuals struggling with alcoholism. Published by Robert Sayer, this artwork showcases intricate details skillfully drawn by experience and engraved with sorrow. It serves as a reminder that vice can lead one down treacherous paths if left unchecked. This fascinating print invites viewers to reflect on societal issues such as alcoholism, vice, and marital discord while appreciating its artistic brilliance from centuries past.

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