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- Object: Hints to forestallers, or a sure way to reduce the price of grain!!
A fat 'forestaller' is dragged along (left to right) by a rope round his neck which is pulled by a chain of countrymen, to the cheers of a crowd. Three on the right shout: "How much now you rogue in grain" [cf. BMSat 7070], "How much now Farmer?," and "Pull him up, D------n him". He shouts: "Oh! pray let me go, & I'll let you have it, at a Guinea - oh! Eighteen shillings, do have mercy on me! Oh! I'll let you have it at, Fourteen shillings". A woman (left) kicks him behind and raises a pair of tongs to strike, saying, "Thats your sort [cf. BMSat 8073] Twelve & two is Fourteen - go along Bob". An old woman (right) points out the victim to a small child. Others shout "Go it" and "Huzza! we'll have 'em all in a Line e're long." On the left are open sacks of wheat inscribed '25s'. Beneath the title: 'A New Farce performed with Universal Applause at Bishop's-Clyst in Devon. Augt 1800. See the Morning Advertiser 6th Augt.' [Not in B.M.L.] 21 August 1800
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Height: 248 millimetres (cropped)
Width: 351 millimetres (cropped)
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
Such prints probably contributed to the serious riots in London in September, after inflammatory bills had been posted on the Monument, ('Bread will be six pence per quartern if the people will assemble at the Corn Market on Monday'); corn-dealers, mealmen, and quakers were particularly attacked. 'Lond. Chron.', 16, 17 Sept. Forestalling was the buying of food before it reached the market, e.g. a growing crop, or cattle on the way to market. There were many prosecutions. See BMSat 9545, &c.
Reproduced, 'Social England', ed. Traill, 1904, v. 671.
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