The Bubblers Mirrour; or Englands Folly.
Mezzotint image with etched surround. Image 355 x 250mm (14 x 9¾"). Framed. Unexamined out of frame.
A weeping man holds up an empty money bag. A satire on financial bubbles, primarily the South Sea Bubble (the text under the portrait describes the man as a South Sea investor), but also listing other schemes and giving some of the inflated prices they reached from the subscription price. For example: stockings, rising to £30 from £2 10s; 'Manuring of Land' ('They'll never make corn cheap, or horse dung dear') ; 'Bleaching of Hair'; Royal Assurance & London Assurance; 'Insurances against ye Venereal Desease'; and the Pennsylvania Company, rising from £5 5s to £40! This satire was first published by Thomas Bowles in 1720; this example was published by his nephew soon after Carington took over the business in 1766. Apparently the satire was extremely popular: the firm of Bowles & Carver were still issuing it at the end of the century.
[Ref: 33210] £790.00