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A watercolour intended to be engraved [sketch by an amateur for an unidentified satirical print]. Brook Watson, in military uniform, sweeps up papers beside a wheelbarrow in which are two sacks, one inscribed 'Cheese Parings - Cabbage', the other 'Candle Ends'. The head of a rake is fixed to the bottom of his wooden leg, the scabbard of the sword and his spur both terminate in a barbed hook, all being intended to scavenge pieces of paper. Those he sweeps up with his broom are inscribed respectively, 'Barracks', 'Grindings', 'Squeezings', 'Savings', 'Pension', 'Agency', 'Raspings', 'Loan', 'Commission', 'Brokerage', 'Shreds', 'Poundage', 'Scrapings'. He is in profile facing a building (r.) with a high arched entrance inscribed 'Garlick Hill'. Above this a tailor's 'Goose' rests on a model of a 'Shark' which is flanked on each side by tailor's shears. ? 1803
Pen and brown ink and watercolour, over graphite
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Height: 290 millimetres
Width: 203 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VIII, 1947)
Watson, an Alderman, whose leg had been bitten off by a shark, was appointed Commissary-General (and thus allegedly a war profiteer, cf. BMSat 9872) to the forces in England in 1798. He was made a baronet 5 Dec. 1803. 'Cabbage' = a tailor's pilfered cloth, cf. BMSat 10608. For cheese parings and candle-ends cf. BMSat 9735. See BMSat 10156, &c. 201. c. 6/67.
Anon, c1780-1810. Watson, an Alderman, whose leg had been bitten off by a shark, was appointed Commissary-General (and thus allegedly a war profiteer) to the forces in England in 1798. He was made a baronet 5 December 1803.
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