|Tim Bobbin 5.75 in. creamware plate, ca. 1820|
Tim or Timothy Bobbin was the pseudonym of John Collier (December 18, 1708 - July 14, 1786). He was an English caricaturist and satirical poet who made fun of both the upper and lower classes. His etchings were widely reproduced and some were featured on ceramics such as the plate above. The text and illustrations are from The Human Passions Delineated, a series of illustrated verses satirizing the contrasts between rich townies and poor country people which was first published in 1773. Although the size of the plate and the molded border were most often used for children's patterns, the Tim Bobbin subject matter appears intended for adults. The text is as follows: "But here old merry Kate, and Nan, and Bess,/Find nearer ways to climb to happiness./Gin, punch, and flip, are all there (sic) sole delight./They laugh at th' world and swear they're only right."
|Tim Bobbin print, 1773|
|Tim Bobbin close-up/Notice how faithful the copper plate engraver was to the original source print|