Isaac and Ede Antique Prints
Carington Bowles Angler

Carington Bowles

To be decoy'd is Men and Fishes Fate – With Cupid's Line when Beauty is the Bait

13.5 x 17 inches

Drolls were very popular prints in the latter half of the Eighteenth Century; usually small scale, predominantly produced in mezzotint and always either humorous or sentimental in subject. They became a very popular way of decorating alongside more formal portraiture and topography and give us a fascinating insight into the fashions, furnishings and frivolities of the late Georgian era.

In this image an aristocratic young lady is out fishing and has just landed herself a sizeable catch. She is impossibly smart for a day out on the river bank in fancy bonnet, full length skirts and silk slippers. She teases the fish on the end of her line just as one supposes she is capable of reeling in a hapless gentleman suitor!

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