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Object: Exchequer Bill affair. A dark transaction!
Series: Political Sketches
No. 715. In a room, a man standing by a window at left (Lord Monteagle), examining his own signature on a bill; a man seated at a table at right (Henry Goulburn) offering a candle, but the other man prefers daylight; a sketchy figure reading a letter in background at right. 8 December 1841
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Height: 343 millimetres
Width: 261 millimetres
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- For preliminary drawing see 1882,1209.517
Text from 'An Illustrative Key to the Political Sketches of H.B.', London 1844:
A short time before the date of this sketch, a most extensive fraud was discovered to have been committed by a Mr. Smith, a Clerk in the Exchequer Bill Office. Mr. Goulbourn, as Chancellor of the Exchequer, sitting at the table is investigating the case with the assistance of Lord Monteagle, Comptroller of the Exchequer, and principal of the office in which the fraud was committed. In the course of the inquiry, it was material to ascertain whether the spurious Exchequer bills had the real signature of Lord Monteagle or not, and it was stated that at first, his Lordship had some doubt if the signatures were genuine. The weather having continued remarkably foggy for some time just at that period, suggested to H.B. the idea of representing the noble Comptroller as rather mystified upon the subject.
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