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- Object: The political pawn brokers
The interior of a pawnbroker's shop, a counter running round three sides of it, the customers in the foreground. Behind the counter on the right stands Pitt, a pen behind his ear, talking to a stout Lord Mayor in civic robes, who offers him a chain with a jewel on it. The Mayor holds the mace, its head projecting from under his robe. On the ground at his feet is plate marked with the arms of the City. He says: "you know you promised me 100 Thousand." On the opposite side are three bearded Jews chaffering with Grenville, who stands behind the counter holding up a goblet at which he peers near-sightedly. One Jew (left) says: "By Got it ish pure fine Goild only you cannot shee the Mark ish it not Mosses"; the other, holding out his hands deprecatingly, answers: "pon my honor as I am an honest man". The third, a sack on his back, says to Grenville: "Look a little closher if you pleash." Buckles, rings, &c, lie on the counter.
In the centre, and at the back of the shop, a gaunt Scot leans on the counter saying to Dundas, who listens with folded fingers: "Brither, wee'l yee len' me a thusand Pund I'll gie you 1000 Barrels o Brimston in Pawn and yen for your ain use." Under his arm is a small cask; he takes snuff from a ram's-horn mull. 5 May 1793.
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Height: 247 millimetres
Width: 398 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
A satire on the loan proposed by Pitt on 27 Mar.: £4,500,000 in 3% annuities to be issued at 72. Pitt acknowledged that the terms were disadvantageous: he had made the loan public through the Bank of England, saying he would close with the best offer; the only offer was the one put before the House. 'London Chronicle', 28 Mar. 1793. See Newmarch, 'On the Loans raised by Mr. Pitt, 1793-1801', 1855, pp. 7-10. Cf. BMSat 8326.
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