WOW ~ Word of the Week ~ Marriage Music

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.

WOW ~ Word of the Week ~ Norfolk Dumpling

WOW ~ Word of the Week ~ Norfolk Dumpling

Norfolk Dumpling

A short thick man or woman. Norfolk dumpling; a jeering appellation of a Norfolk man, dumplings being a favourite kind of food in that county.

A Natural Crop; – alias – A Norfolk Dumpling, by James Gillray, 1791, The Trustees of the British Museum.

From the British Museum description:

A whole length satirical portrait of the Duke of Norfolk, directed to the right; in his left hand is the baton of Earl Marshal; his right hand is in his waistcoat pocket. He wears top-boots, a slouched hat, and his hair is closely cropped. Earlier caricatures show the Duke wearing his own hair without powder, hanging on his neck. 21 September 1791
Hand-coloured etching.

 

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