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Mutual confidence in the year 1799.

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  • Title (object)

    • Mutual confidence in the year 1799.
  • Description

    A jovial citizen leaning on his tall cane in profile to the right addresses another, who walks off to the right, turning his head to scowl at his interlocutor. The former says: "How do you do my Old Friend - pretty warm by this time I suppose, - a long time in business. - how much might you clear now in the course of last Year?" The other answers: "Whats that to you - skant tell - keep no books, what you want to come the Inquisition rig I suppose, an be d------d to you!" He is obese and is stuffing a 'Banke[rs] Book 17[98]' into his coat-pocket. His dog 'Surly' looks round with contempt at the first speaker, and befouls his cane. 1 April 1799


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  • Date

    • 1799
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 296 millimetres
    • Width: 245 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered: '[Fores, 1 Apr. 1799. (Imprint obliterated. Supplied from A. de R. vi. 136.)] Folios of Carricatures lent out for the Evening'
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
    A satire on the income tax, see BMSat 9363, &c.; its inquisitorial character was much objected to.

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 9367 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Satires British 1799 Unmounted Roy)

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  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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