The Midnight Magistrate.The Candle shines out when bright Phoebus is gone...Is Dispatch'd with a Charge to Decoy in somemore.
[Published by Fielding & Walker, Decr 1. 1799.]
Etching. 204 x 222mm. 8 x 8¾". Cut, missing publication line.
A satire on "hireling constables"; these constables were paid as substitutes for parishioners who were bound to serve annually without pay. The scene depticts the interior of a watch-house. Watchmen are bringing in people who have been arrested during the night. The constable in the centre acts as the if he were a magistrate.
BM Satires: 5618.
[Ref: 15922] £160.00