The Piccadilly Farce: 18th century
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The Piccadilly Farce. Two maids carry a man upstairs. He is seated on their linked hands, has his arms round their necks and wears a night cap. They are preceded by a maid with a candle and a bowl,probably of broth, and followed by another with a candle and a warming pan. A cat follows on. The man is William Douglas, the 4th Duke of Queensberry (1724-1810), known as Old Q. He lived in Piccadilly and was a devotee of the turf and of gaming, a hardened bachelor and a bon viveur. Thomas Raikes described him in his journal: "a little sharp-looking man, very irritable, and swore like ten thousand troopers".
1795 AD - 1800 AD