The Living Statued Patriot...lately so justly celebrated, but now generally censured & exploded / Sic transit gloria Mundi".
A very rare etching, 335 x 210mm. 13¼ x 8¼". Trimmed to plate and tipped into album page.
Statue of Sir John Barnard (c.1685 - 1764), MP and City of London alderman, holding a scroll to left, set in an architectural niche in the arcade of the Royal Exchange, London. Two verses below image: 'The Following humorous lines were last week stuck up under ye Statue of Sr J. B-d at ye Royal Exchange - Art a Sleep old Friend Jack? / What more dost thou lack? / What thoughts do'es thy Bosom now Harbour / Do'st not see Rogues a brewing / Thy dear Countrys Ruin; / Then why do'es not act like John Barber? / He did, when Lord Mayor. / To Commons declare / Bob Walpole's most wicked intention: / If this M-r is a log, / Prithee give him a jog / Before tis too late for Prevention'.
[Ref: 13926] £220.00