Harper’sWeekly, March 1, 1879, page 171 (Humor Column Item)
stand it, he said, to have his wife paint every thing, from a tin
cup to an old straw hat, and stick it all over with Cupids and
heathen Chinese. But when she swooped down upon their last mince-pie
and embellished that, he thought it was time to "kick."
And he did.