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Bad Business or Wasted Efforts: PD.140-1994

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Bad Business or Wasted Efforts


Draughtsman: May, Philip William




History note: P & D Colnaghi, from whom acquired, 1956

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1994) by Batchelor, Ivor, Sir and Lady


Production date: AD 1895


An illustration from 'Punch', 25 May 1895.

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Materials used in production

Black ink

Components of the work

Support composed of card
Image Size Height 178 mm
Sheet Size Height 202 mm Width 286 mm

Techniques used in production

Drawing : Pen and black ink on card

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: PHIL MAY
  • Location: Lower right
  • Method of creation: Black ink
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: 95
  • Location: Lower right, below the above
  • Method of creation: Black ink
  • Type: Date
  • Text: Half Page
  • Location: Top right
  • Method of creation: Graphite
  • Text: New Assistant (after Hair Cutting, to Jones who has been out of town for a few weeks):- Your hair is very thin behind sir, try / singeing?" / Jones:- "Yes, I think I will" / Assistant (after a pause):- Shampoo Sir? good for the 'air." / Jones:- "Thank you, yes." / Assistant:- "Your moustache curled, Sir?" / Jones:- "Please." / Assistant:- "May I give you a friction, Sir?" / Jones:- "Thank you!" / The Proprieter (sotto voce):- "Shut up, you fool, 'e 's a Member of the Toilet Club!!"
  • Location: Under image, re-transcribed onto blue card stuck to mount
  • Method of creation: Graphite

Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.140-1994
Primary reference Number: 12081
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 August 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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