Twenty Thousand I've got___ How Lucky's my Lot.
Printed for Bowles & Carver / No. 69 St Pauls Church Yard, London, Publish'd as the Act directs [date excised] 326
Mezzotint with hand-colouring and large margins, platemark 150 x 110mm (6 x 4½").
A Royal Marine clutches a bag of prize money labelled '£20,000'. Much money was to be earned during the early years of the French Revolutionary Wars, when even ordinary seamen shared in the proceeds of the sale of enemy ships captured by the Royal Navy, although £20,000 is probably an exaggeration. . Probably one of many 'droll' mezzotints made from the designs of Robert Dighton (1751-1814), who after the death of John Collet in 1780, became the foremost designer of such images, particularly for Carington Bowles.
Ex: collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; CLB iii/iii; for another droll after Dighton see ref. 32347
[Ref: 32359] £140.00