WOW ~ Word of the Week ~ Marriage Music

Returning to an old favorite for inspiration this week – my dear James Gillray. There’s an American children’s song that promises, “first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in the baby carriage.”

This portrait by Gillray turns that taunt into more of a threat.

Marriage Music

The squalling and crying of children.

Les Plaisir du Mènage, by James Gillray, 1791, National Portrait Gallery, London.

Notice the inscription at the top: Give me the sweet delight of Love…a Catch. And that the wife is ready to throw hands in a distinctly non-amorous way.


Slang term taken from the 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.

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