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The Great Comet of 1811 was full of wine


In maintaining focus on the vintage of 1811, the year of the Great Comet,  I have decided to post this great satire illustration.  It depicts the head of the comet as containing a “comet cake” with decanters of wine and glasses on top, followed by a tail of wine decanters, wine glasses, a bottle screw, fruit, and perhaps a punch bowl.  Even the colors are fantastic!

A comet showering decanters, wine glasses, and punch. [1]

A comet showering decanters, wine glasses, and punch. [1]


[1] Fairburn’s Characters. c 1811.  Published by John Fairburn.  #1991,0126.6. The British Museum.

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