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    Broadside without image, relating to the satire ''The Stone Eater' (BMSat.7287)

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    • 1788
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    • Height: 219 millimetres
    • Width: 151 millimetres (sheet)
  • Curator's comments

    This letterpress advertises 'The original stone eater' who was on show at Mr Hatch's, Trunk-maker, at 404 Strand, opposite the Adelphi. This phenomenon gave the idea for the satire by Dent of George III swallowing the precious stones given him by Warren Hastings.

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    • BM Satires 7287 (cf) bibliographic details
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    British XVIIIc Unmounted Roy

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Broadside relating to the satire ''The Stone Eater' (BMSat.7287)

Broadside relating to the satire ''The Stone Eater' (BMSat.7287) Letterpress

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