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The South Sea Scheme

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    S,2.4

  • Title (object)

    • The South Sea Scheme
  • Description

    Satire on the financial scandal of the South Sea Bubble; a composite scene in the City of London identified by the Guildhall, St Paul's Cathedral and the Monument (its inscription changed to record the destruction of the city by the South Sea); a crowd is gathered around a merry-go-round (on which ride a prostitute, a clergyman, a shoe-black, an old crone and a Scottish nobleman); to left, the Devil hacks the limbs of Fortune, while religious leaders (both Anglican and Jewish) play at pitch and hustle; to right, emblematic figures of Honour and Honesty are beaten by Self-Interest and Villainy, and Trade sleeps. c.1721 Etching and engraving

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1721
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 261 millimetres
    • Width: 324 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered within image with text and signature "W. Hogarth. Invent. et Sculpt.", and below with verses beginning "See here ye Causes why in London,/So many Men are made, & undone ...", and "price 1 Shilling"..
  • Bibliography

    • Paulson 1965/70 10.I bibliographic details
    • BM Satires 1722 bibliographic details
    • Paulson 1989 43.II bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Mounted Roy)

  • Exhibition history

    1998 Jan-April, USA, Berkeley AM, Hogarth and his Times 1998 June-Aug, Ottawa, NGC, Hogarth and his Times 1998 Sep-Nov, USA, NY, Columbia Univ, Hogarth and his Times

  • Subjects

  • Associated places

  • Associated events

    • Associated Event: South Sea Bubble
      1720
  • Acquisition date

    1837 (before)

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    S,2.4

Satire on the financial scandal of the South Sea Bubble; a composite scene in the City of London identified by the Guildhall, St Paul's Cathedral and the Monument (its inscription changed to record the destruction of the city by the South Sea); a crowd is gathered around a merry-go-round (on which ride a prostitute, a clergyman, a shoe-black, an old crone and a Scottish nobleman); to left, the Devil hacks the limbs of Fortune, while religious leaders (both Anglican and Jewish) play at pitch and hustle; to right, emblematic figures of Honour and Honesty are beaten by Self-Interest and Villainy, and Trade sleeps. c.1721  Etching and engraving

Satire on the financial scandal of the South Sea Bubble; a composite scene in the City of London identified by the Guildhall, St Paul's Cathedral and the Monument (its inscription changed to record the destruction of the city by the South Sea); a crowd is gathered around a merry-go-round (on which ride a prostitute, a clergyman, a shoe-black, an old crone and a Scottish nobleman); to left, the Devil hacks the limbs of Fortune, while religious leaders (both Anglican and Jewish) play at pitch and hustle; to right, emblematic figures of Honour and Honesty are beaten by Self-Interest and Villainy, and Trade sleeps. c.1721 Etching and engraving

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