The loss of the faro-bank, or, The rook's pigeon'd [graphic] / Js. Gy. inv. & fec.
Gillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker.
[2 February 1797]
1 print : etching on wove paper, hand-colored ; sheet 26 x 36 cm
Title etched below image. One line of quoted text following title: "When Greek meets Greek, then comes the tug of war!" Sheet trimmed within plate mark on bottom edge. CtY-LW Literature: Quotation from Nathaniel Lee's The Rival Queens, iv. ii.
"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). ... The door (left) resembles that of a strongroom, with two heavy locks and three bolts."--British Museum online catalogue.
Archer, Sarah West,--Lady,--1741-1801--Caricatures and cartoons. Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley--Ownership. Buckinghamshire, Albinia Hobart,--Countess of,--1738-1816--Caricatures and cartoons. Fox, Charles James,--1749-1806--Caricatures and cartoons. Hanger, George,--1751?-1824--Caricatures and cartoons. Harvey, Francis--Ownership. Hobart, Robert,--Earl of Buckinghamshire,--1760-1816--Caricatures and cartoons. Humphrey, Hannah, active 1774-1817, publisher. Riviere & Son Binding. Sheridan, Richard Brinsley,--1751-1816--Caricatures and cartoons.
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Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 7, no. 9078 Wright, T. Works of James Gillray, the caricaturist with the history of his life and times, p. 227 Wright, T. Historical and descriptive account of the caricatures by James Gillray, no. 423
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