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The Female Coterie (BM 1868,0808.9914 1)

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The Female Coterie (BM 1868,0808.9914 1)

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Satire on the Coterie, a society of ladies and gentlemen, presumably the one about which Horace Walpole wrote to George Montague on 6 May 1770. People are gambling for high stakes ("Mortgage", "£50,000", a jewelled necklace), cheating at cards, flirting, drinking, kissing; a lady holds up a miniature of her husband while embracing another man who makes the sign of the cuckold behind the portrait; a couple are heading up a staircase. Illustration to the London Magazine, 1770.
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1770
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British Museum
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