[London] : Printed for & sold by Carington Bowles, No. 69 in St. Pauls Church Yard, London. Published as the act directs, 2 Sepr. 1784.
1 print : mezzotint on laid paper, hand-colored ; plate mark 35 x 25 cm, on sheet 36 x 26 cm.
Title from caption below image, in English and French. Numbered "540" in lower left corner. Companion print numbered "539" in lower left corner: In place. En emploi. Artist from Sotheby's catalog: Watercolours by Robert Dighton, 23 February 1978, lot 32. For an earlier version of this print see Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 4, pt. II, no. 3773. Temporary local subject terms: Diamond paned windows -- List of ways of obtaining places -- Dishes.
Two politicians out of office sit shivering in a garret with very downcast expressions. The man on the left writes on a paper entitled 'Abusing Administration', with other similar papers scattered at his feet and those of his partner. Their landlady presents a unpaid bill for their lodging; a tattered print pinned to the wall behind, depicting an anchor inscribed 'Hope'. Both men are much thinner than in the companion print celebrating their corrupt practices: "In place. En emploi." A tattered curtain partially obscures the diamond-paned windows. On the right shelves hold dishes and a broken candle stuck in a bottle as a lamp; below the shelves is a chair and a nearby chamber pot.
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