London: Thomas McLean, August 1, 1835. Second impression, first published 1824. Satirical engravings, two in a series depicting 2 Frenchmen in a Parisian street and 2 Englishmen in a London street discussing in confused fashion the merits of each country's cuisine.
Both prints with great period detail of the city streets, including adjacent shops complete with detailed window displays, sidewalk signage, amused passersby, and local dogs.
The Frenchman, having just returned from England, discusses the ubiquitous "Bif Tek" he sampled in England, while the second Frenchman states his preference for "Rum Tek" (Bif Tek with "rum in de sauce") (Plate 1).
The second plate depicting the Englishman describing his recent travels to Paris, and the ensuing confusion over what exactly is "Harrico Blong".
14 1/2 x 10 1/4". B&w copper engraving, plate marks visible on the side, trimmed out at top and bottom. Faint spotting at the top of Plate 1; spotting in the margins of Plate 2.
BM Satires 14723; Museum number 1853,0112.282. Good + condition. Item #24796