Awful Acquaintance

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A woman walks her husband and a friend of his to the door as they are leaving the apartment
I am always pleased to know that my husband is with you... || I hope to set him at odds with such an awful acquaintance.




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A woman walks her husband and a friend of his to the door as they are on their way out of the apartment.
This series relies, for its comic effect, on the fact that people, sometimes, do not quite mean what they say. The first part of the caption is what the characters actually say, the second is what they really think.

The caption reads in the original French: Je suis toujours satisfaite de savoir mon mari avec vous… || J’espère bien le brouiller avec une aussi mauvaise connaissance.

The usual markers of regular book publishing are missing from this book: it has no title page, no author’s or artist’s name, no publication date, no colophon. It is made of a consistent series of thirty hand-colored and numbered lithographs sorted in ascending order, followed by the publisher’s catalog. It seems plausible that they were privately bound together on behalf of Caroline Janetta, Countess of Essex (whose bookplate can be found on the inside cover), but never publicly released in book form. The date we mention (which applies only to the lithographs: the catalog was printed at a later date) is informed by the publisher’s address, which changed during the course of 1841.

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