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Mary Cruikshank


"The Treasury Spectre- or the Head of the Nation in a Queer Situation"


English caricature circa 1800.


Handcolored aquatint Engraving on chainlinked watermarked paper

The text reads:

Man on Left: "Looks, be that there the King's great high Minister what the man who taxed old Dobbin"

His Friend: "Ay sure domún Swish un in our Mill Pond"

The Minister: "D- the cap - D- the french, d- the War. Oh my Stomach"

(The Treasury Minister wears a band a round his stomach that reads: Strengthening Plaister for the Conscience")

"Come, come you must not be so obstreperous put on your cap. Your stomach will be very easy when this Qualm is over. Here take a sip lad."

Signed in the Plate: Designed by Mary Cruikshank (on the banister, just above the Minister's cap)

This is most likely a slightly reduced reprint of Cruikshank's work from the London und Paris newsletter which was published in Germany at the beginning of the 19th Century.



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