Paul Pry among the Bankers.[Pry:] Hope I don't intrude....if you don't find it rather hard to make both ends meet...I dare say you haven't stop'd payment eh? ... [Banker:] ...take your Ballance...and put it in a place of safety, if you can find one!
Coloured lithograph, sheet 210 x 235mm. 8¼ x 9¼".
John Liston was the leading comic actor of the first half of the 19th century. In 1825, with 20 years of experience behind him, he created his masterpiece character, Paul Pry, in John Poole's farce of the same name. Pry is a man consumed with curiosity, an interfering busybody unable to mind his own business. Here he quizzes a banker about how he maintins his bank as a going concern - a very topical subject! With his striped trousers, hessian boots, tail coat and top hat, Liston moulded Pry into a uniquely endearing character. Most memorable was the umbrella that Pry conveniently left behind everywhere he went so that he would have an excuse to return and eavesdrop.
Not in BM.
[Ref: 12274] £140.00