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- Object: Jonathan's Coffee House or an Analysis of Change Alley With a Group of Characters from the Life - Inscribed to Jacob Henriques
Satire on financial dealing. Interior of large room with a crowd of stock dealers, some of whom may have been identifiable by contemporaries: on the left, a man identifiable by his beard as Jewish; in front of him Britannia lies swooning, holding three snakes to her breast while a man appears to offer her a pinch of snuff from a box; beside him a small plump man offers a lottery ticket to an old man with a walking stick; in the centre, two men in conversation, one with an embroidered waistcoat and holding a book, the other, a stout man holding a walking stick in front of him with both hands; beside them a gloomy, long-haired Quaker; a short plump man in animated conversation with a tall man wearing a bushy wig and holding a piece of paper lettered "Scrip" (a subscription receipt, probably referring to a loan to the government often very profitable to the lenders and, therefore, alleged to be used as a bribe by the government). On the right a young man ushers in an angry man in riding boots holding a whip; above the door a devil peers at the crowd through a telescope, his invitation to hell is recounted in verses below. On the far wall of the room are two pictures with subjects referring to stock exchange terms, one of a bull and a bear, the other of a lame duck; a clock shows that the time is half past noon; three chandeliers hang from the ceiling. 1763
Etching and engraving
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Height: 191 millimetres (image)
Height: 244 millimetres
Width: 302 millimetres (image)
Width: 318 millimetres (trimmed?)
- Curator's comments
- The print refers to the financial panic at the end of the Seven Years War when excessive lending led to a collapse of the credit structure throughout Europe, English stocks were particularly affected by Dutch investors who recalled capital.
The lettering recording that O'Neale etched this plate is probably an error; all other known prints connected with him are made after his design.
The print is advertised at the foot of "Jockey Elliot and his Hobby Horse" (BM Satires 4047).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2010 June, London, Stockspring Antiques, Jefferyes Hammett O'Neale
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