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The entry below is from the British Museum website entry on a similar print in their collection:


A pedestrian struggles through deep slushy snow, facing driving snow, with a broken umbrella, the spokes projecting through the cover. He clutches at his cloak and hat; he wears gaiters to the knee with socks over them, and overshoes. Cape and comforter stream behind him. In the background is a row of three- and four-storied houses, some with shop-fronts. He shouts his greeting in the teeth of the storm to the woman in BM Satires 15000, a companion plate with the same signatures and imprint. A carriage and pair faces the storm, the coachman's cape swirling above his head. Men shovel the snow from the roofs, overturning a passer-by. c.1825Etching and aquatint with hand-colouring.


Artist: M. Egerton. 

The entry below comes from the British Museum website: (


'Egerton' is the conventional identification of a humorous designer and social satirist, who was evidently an amateur since he signs as 'M E Esq'. His first name is not known (though he has been called 'Michael'), and since he signs with only his initials ME even the identification as 'Egerton' is dubious as it seems to rest on tradition with no authority.He was active in London between 1820 and 1829 supplying drawings which he seems to have sold to members of the print trade (including the Hunts and Pyall) for engraving. No drawing by him is in the BM, or seems to be known elsewhere.
Some plates with the pseudonym "Ego" or "I" must be by him on stylistic grounds, and this suggests a pun on 'ME'. Prints for the time being have been entered under 'Egerton'.


Printmaker: George Hunt. 

George Hunt was a printmaker and publisher who specialised in aquatint. He was almost certainly the cousin of another printmaker, Charles Hunt (1803-77, qv). He worked for others and as well as publishing both for himself and in partnership (esp. with Henry Pyall from 1822-25). His name appears on prints until at least 1841, and he was still alive in 1871 though the date of his death is unknown. 


Further Reading. 

John Hickman, 'The Engravings of Charles and George Hunt, 1820-1880: Racing, Coaching, Hunting, Landscapes & Caricatures' (Unicorn Press, 2017).

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, M Egerton - Framed Antique Print

SKU: 1131
  • Image Number: 1131
    Title: A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
    Artist: M Egerton

    Engraver: George Hunt

    Date: c1825
    Medium: Coloured aquatint

    Framed size (h x w): 39x32.2

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