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- Object: The loss of the faro bank; -or the Rook's Pigeon'd.
The fat and florid Lady Buckinghamshire, seated at the head of her faro-table, throws up her arms in dismay, turning towards her husband, who enters through a door (left), saying, "The Bank's stole! - we're ruin'd my Lady! - but I'll run to Bow Street & fix the Saddle upon the right horse, my Lady!" She exclaims: "The Bank stole, my Lord? - why I secur'd it in the Housekeepers-room myself! - this comes of admitting Jacobins into the house! - Ah! the Cheats! Seven Hundred gone smack; - without a single Cock of the Cards!" She fills the centre of the design, and is much larger than her husband. Her guests are crowded together on the right. A pretty young woman, Mrs. Concannon, seated on her left, clasps her hands, exclaiming, "Bank stole! - why I had a Gold snuffbox stole last night from my Table in Grafton Street." Lady Archer, on the extreme right, on the nearer side of the table, turns a corvine and angry profile towards Lord Buckinghamshire, saying, "Stole! - bless me why a Lady had her Pocket pick'd at my House last Monday." Opposite her sits Fox, wearing a hat and putting his hand over his mouth, saying, "Zounds! I hope they dont Smoke me." Sheridan looks over his shoulder, saying, "nor me". Behind Fox, Hanger stands in profile to the left, wearing a hat and holding his bludgeon; he says: "O! if they come to the Mount, if I don't tip them Shelalee" (see BMSat 8889). After the title: "When Greek meets Greek, then comes the tug of War!" (Cf. BMSat 9023). The door (left) resembles that of a strongroom, with two heavy locks and three bolts. 2 February 1797
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Height: 255 millimetres
Width: 354 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
On 30 Jan. a box containing 500 guineas, the property of the Countess of Buckinghamshire and two other ladies, co-proprietors of the Faro Bank, was stolen from Lord Buckinghamshire's house in St. James's Square. The loss was discovered when play was about to begin. Townsend was sent for from Bow Street and every servant's box searched. 'Lond. Chron.', 2 Feb. See BMSat 9080. Two footmen who were dismissed on suspicion gave evidence against Lady Buckinghamshire and others for illegal gambling, see BMSat 9079, when the evidence was that the defendants had gaming parties at their different houses by rotation, Faro, E.O., Rouge et Noir, &c., being played. The affair evoked a mock-heroic poem, 'The Rape of the Faro Bank', in which Lady Buckinghamshire is Amanda. Cf. BMSat 8166.
Grego, 'Gillray', p. 227, Wright and Evans, No. 423. Reprinted, 'G.W.G.', 1830.
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