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Georgian creamware jug of baluster form in fine condition but with minor chip to the rim of base. Transfer printed with ‘Poor Jack’ to one side and ‘The Tythe Pig’ to the other, both with a verse.

English, either Staffordshire or Liverpool, circa 1790

The ‘Tythe Pig’
Satire on the clergy. A farm where a parson us demanding a sulking pig, a tenth of the littler as his the; the farmer’s wife, nine other children Custer’s around her, ofer her tenth baby to be supported on condition of giving the pig.
Print by John June, after Louis Philippe Boitard,
published by John Bowles/Carington Bowles

The Tythe Pig
In Country Village Lives a Vicar,
Fond – as all are – of Tythes and Liquor,
To mirth his ears are seldom Shut,
He’ll Crack a Joke, and laugh at Smut;
But when his Tythes he gathers in,
On Fish, On Flesh, On Bird, On Beast,
Alike lays hold the Churlish Priest
Hob’s Wife and Sow – as Gossips tell
Both at a time in Pieces fell;
The Parson comes, the Pig he claims
And the good Wife with Taunts inflames;

Kept back the Pig and held the Child;
The Priest look’d gruff, the Wife look’d big,
Z…ds, Sir! quoth she, no Child, no Pig



Height 23cm

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