Two Sisters

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A young man is sitting in a park, conversing with a young woman and her mother
Really, one would think you two were sisters... || You, old madwoman!

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A young man is sitting in a park, conversing with a young woman and (presumably) her mother.
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: Vraiment, on vous prendrait pour les deux sœurs… || Vieille folle, va !

This book is missing all the usual markers of regular book publishing: 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 possible 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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