8 December 2015
RACKHAM, Arthur (1867-1939). “Angry Wife. Mr. and Mrs. Vinegar” from English Fairy Tales, 1918. Pen and watercolor drawing on paper mounted to a cardboard backing, signed by Rackham in pen lower left. (Approximately one inch strip of paper adhered to lower margin, some staining.) Image 240 x 185 mm, sheet 266 x 185mm.
Rackham's final illustration for "Mr. and Mrs. Vinegar" in English Fairy Tales, depicting Mr. Vinegar returning to Mrs. Vinegar empty-handed. After Mrs. Vinegar breaks their glass jar house, she and Mr. Vinegar set out to try to buy a new home. They come upon 40 guineas, and Mrs. Vinegar sends Mr. Vinegar out to buy a cow. He overpays for an old cow, and journeys back to his wife, during which he subsequently trades the cow for some bagpipes, the bagpipes for some gloves, and the gloves for a stick. He encounters a magpie who mocks him, and his throws the stick at the bird, losing it when it becomes stuck in a tree. Mr. Vinegar returns home to his wife empty-handed; despite her violent reaction, he maintains his cheerful attitude.
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