Joint Stock Street.
Pub.d by T. Tegg. [n.d., c. 1809.]
Fine hand coloured etching, watermarked paper 1819. Platemark: 245 x 355mm (9˝ x 14"). Faint stain in lower edge.
A street scene in which a group of people gaze up at placards inviting subscriptions to unsound companies. A high wall runs from a house partly visible on the extreme left, to the street corner, enclosing a large building placarded, 'Hospital for Incurables Supported by Voluntary Subscribers' (i.e. for victims of speculation mania). The high wall on the left is covered with large bills at which the gullible are gazing; 'Doctors Company—Capital One Million divided into Shares at — Pr Share—the Advantages incalculable No Charge for Emetics opening draughts Injections'. 'Patent Coffins provided on the shortest notice —No Surgeons Admitted'. 'Genuine Milk Company free from Chalk Poison Water'. On the opposite side of the wide irregular street is a low-grade barber's shop. Above the door is a large tilted board, 'Tim, Slashem Barber and Perrigwig Maker [...]'. Spectators gaze at the bills in the foreground, middle distance, and background.
BM Satires: 11441.
[Ref: 36735] £290.00