A Monument Dedicated to Posterity in commemoration of ye incredible Folly transacted in the Year 1720.
Printed for Carington Bowles, in St Pauls Church Yard, London.
Etching with small margins, platemark 250 x 340mm (9¾ x 13¼"). Creasing. Rare.
Satire on the South Sea Bubble. A British copy, in reverse, of Bernard Picart's 'Monument consacré à la Posterité' (BM Satires 1627) published in the same year, with all inscriptions altered from those in Picart's print. The composition shows the cart of Fortune, led by Folly (who sits in the cart pointing forwards). The cart is pulled by the various companies (South Sea, Mississippi, West India, East India) and the Bank. The spokes of the wheel visible are inscribed with the names of several popular schemes, referring to the York Buildings Company (designed to supply water in London), Mining, Silk Manufacture and others. The Devil is sat on a cloud, blowing bubbles. Next to him rays emanate from a cloud, naming the consequences of economic speculation: 'Extream Joy', 'Madness', 'Prison', 'Beggery' etc. Bethlehem hospital and the 'Hos. of Beggers' await in the background. On the left is Jonathan's Coffee House, famous as a scene of early share trading (including the South Sea Bubble). In the title area are Janus heads (representing happiness and grief), with a latin quotation on a scroll. Final state of this print, with the number '89' added in the bottom right corner and Thomas Bowles' address effaced (originally bottom centre).
BM Satires 1629
[Ref: 30835] £690.00