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- Object: Governor Wall's Ghost!
A street scene lit by a lamp projecting from a high brick wall: 'Maiden Lane'. A tall man, very thin and pale, walks (right to left), wearing spectacles, a cane in his right hand. His shoulders are thickly sprinkled with powder, cf. BMSat 8190, &c. He terrifies an Irish fishwife, who holds up both arms to avert the spectre, turning away with a terrified stare, saying, "Governor Wall's Ghost! - [the only title] by J .... s!" Her basket of fish falls to the ground. The man is corpse-like, and his clothes seem to hang on a skeleton. The woman is stout and very ragged. Beside her a tunnel penetrates the wall, slanting down from the street-level, under an arch inscribed 'Cyder Cell[ars]', a famous night-resort in Maiden Lane. 21 July 1802
Hand-coloured etching, slightly aquatinted
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Height: 357 millimetres
Width: 255 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VIII, 1947)
For Wall's execution see BMSat 9845. A man so called, from his resemblance to Wall, was a reporter of parliamentary debates and frequenter of the Cider Cellar.
Grego, 'Gillray', p. 290. Wright and Evans, No. 521. Reprinted, 'G.W.G.', 1830.
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