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- Object: How to avoid the horse duty.
A stout farmer rides (left to right) past an inn on a cow. The cow befouls and tramples on a paper inscribed 'Tax on Ho[rses]'. The farmer looks triumphantly over his right shoulder at a group of spectators standing at the door of the inn, and snaps his fingers, saying, "Pitt be D------d". A basket containing poultry hangs from the saddle. Part of the inn is on the left of the design, its sign is a stout man holding a foaming tankard gazing at three sacks, inscribed 'Joe Jolly 1784' (a '7' appears to have been etched over the '4'). Five amused spectators stand by the door; from a window above two men applaud the farmer. 1784
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Height: 180 millimetres
Width: 235 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
Pitt's budget of 1784 imposed an annual tax of 10s. on saddle- and carriage-horses, exempting those used for trade and agriculture; see BMSats 6630, 6914.
On 27 Nov. 1784 one Jonathan Thatcher rode his cow to and from the market of Stockport in protest against the horse-tax, Chambers, 'Book of Days', ii. 627, where there is a copy of a similar print.
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