Political-ravishment, or, The old lady of Threadneedle-Street in danger! [graphic] / Js. Gy. d. & fect.
Gillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker.
[22 May 1797]
1 print : etching on wove paper, hand-colored ; sheet 26 x 37 cm
Title etched below image. Sheet trimmed within plate mark. CtY-LW Temporary local subject terms: Bank of England -- Personifications: Bank of England as an old lady of Threadneedle Street -- Coffers -- Allusion to loans -- Pocket picking.
"The 'Old Lady' is a thin old harridan, dressed entirely in 'One' pound notes, and seated on an iron-studded treasure-chest inscribed 'Bank of England', fastened by two heavy padlocks. She shrieks and throws up her skinny arms at Pitt's advances: he has taken a long stride towards her from the right, his right hand round her waist; his left dips into a cavernous pocket and takes out guineas. Their profiles almost touch, and he appears about to kiss her. She shrieks: "Murder! - murder! - Rape! - murder! - O you Villain! - what have I kept my Honor untainted so long, to have it broke up, by you at last ? - O murder! - Rape! - Ravishment! - Ruin! - Ruin! - Ruin!!!" Pitt's hat lies on the ground; beneath it is a scroll headed 'Loans'. A lightly sketched arc of the rotunda of the Bank forms a background."--British Museum online catalogue.
Old lady of Threadneedle-Street in danger
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley--Ownership. Harvey, Francis--Ownership. Humphrey, Hannah, active 1774-1817, publisher. Pitt, William,--1759-1806--Caricatures and cartoons. Riviere & Son Binding.
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Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 7, no. 9016 Wright, T. Works of James Gillray, the caricaturist with the history of his life and times, p. 220
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