An Exchequer Clerk,drest as the Act directs.
Etching, 170 x 120mm. 6¾ x 4¾".
A man walking swiftly in profile to the right. In his left hand and resting over his left shoulder is a long pair of scales: a tiny pair is in his right hand. An instrument resembling a pair of shears hangs by the right side of his coat. His hat is ornamented with a quill feather. The Act' is evidently the Coin Act, which had made scales necessary for all to whom payments were made in gold. From 'Characters, Macaronies & Caricatures, by MDarly', in an album of caricatures published by Mary Darly dated January 1776. It seems that her husband Matthew made the plates. Numbered 'V.6' upper left and '12' upper right.
BM Satires: 5158.
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