Caricatures by Louis-Phillipe Boitard (fl. 1734-1760) (lots 120-122) Louis-Phillipe Boitard was first noted by George Vertue in 1742: ‘Boitard engraver, lately come from Paris—some merit—good stock of assurance ’ (Vertue, Note books), although it seems that he had been in London from at least 1734. He began his career as an engraver, following his father, although by 1747 he had established himself as a designer of satirical prints, book illustrations, and topical portraits. He was particularly fascinated by the social and street life of London, as the wry observations of this group of lively and animated social satires and caricatures testify. Their crisp, sharp line reveals his training as an engraver, and some may relate to his The cries of London, for the year 1766, being a collection of humorous characters in 86 prints, done under the direction of Mr. Boitard, published by Robert Sayer.
Study of a gentleman asleep at a table (illustrated); Study of Molly Doyle with a tankard; Study of a seated woman with a tankard; and Study of head-dresses at Covent Garden