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A new way of posting a libel

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  • Title (object)

    • A new way of posting a libel
  • Description

    An obese bill-sticker stands in profile to the right posting up with a long-handled implement a bill: 'Five Hundred Pounds Reward Wheras------ -------' Under his arm is a rolled bill. He wears a cocked hat and bag-wig, with a large apron. On the receptacle for paste slung from his shoulder is a coat of arms with the motto 'Templa quam dilecta' and a marquis's coronet. He says: "There it is in capitals, - the Libel at full length, and five hundred pounds reward - he that runs may read, I think I shall be a match for the Ghost!!" Other adjacent bills are inscribed: 'In the Dead of Night a new Song'; 'O Dear what can the matter be', and 'Theatre Royal Good Natur'd Man Part of Croaker by------Farse of the Alarmist'. 23 November 1795
    Hand-coloured etching


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  • Date

    • 1795
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 346 millimetres
    • Width: 237 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        With the stamp S.W.F
        Lettered: 'Pub Novr 23 1795 by S W Fores N° 50 Piccadilly the Corner of Sackville Street - Folios of Caracatures lent out for the Evening'
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
    Although the arms are incorrect, they are intended for those of the Marquis of Buckingham, who is the bill-poster. He writes, 13 Nov. 1795, of an 'impudent forgery' published in the 'True Briton', signed Nugent Buckingham, offering £500 reward 'for a paltry libel upon the whole race of Grenvilles, which I would not have given 5 farthings to have kept out of every newspaper'. 'Hist. MSS. Comm., Dropmore MSS.', iii. 146. The play-bill allusions seem directed against the Treason and Sedition Bills, see BMSat 8687, &c. The (correct) motto is that of the Grenvilles.


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 8694 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Satires British 1795 Unmounted Roy)

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    Prints & Drawings

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FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat)   Hand-coloured etching

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat) Hand-coloured etching

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