[Printed for Rob.t Sayer, Printseller in Fleet Street. n.d., c.1787.]
Mezzotint. Sheet size 145 x 115 x 150mm (5¾ x 4½"). Trimmed to image. Glued to backing sheet.
A man sits with his hands clasped, at a table with playing cards, candle, empty glass and pipe. The implication is that gambling, drinking and smoking have contributed to his current financial situation. This appears to be a different state of the same plate which at one point carried a publication date of June 12th 1787 (for Sayer) and four lines of verse explaining the scene: 'Deaf to his aged Sires advice / And bigotted to Cards and Dice, / With many a horrid Oath & Curse / He loudly wails his Empty Purse'. There are several versions of this image after Robert Pyle, including a larger mezzotint by Houston.
Ex: collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; Not in Goodwin; This state not in British Museum; see BM 2010,7081.2108 for state discussed above.
[Ref: 33814] £95.00