No. XXIV. The Captivating Miss B_. No. XXVI. The American Negotiator.
Engraving. Plate: 175 x 110mm, (7 x 4¼"). Small margins.
Two portrait busts in ovals, on the left is depicted a courtesan while on the right is the American merchant Silas Deane (1737-1789) who negotiated with France on behalf of supporters of American Independence. However following a dispute with Congress he returned to France to settle his affairs, but was barred from returning to America after the publication of letters to his brother which criticised the Revolution and argued for a approchement with Britain. From the 'Histories of the Tête à Tête annexed...' series that appeared in 'Town and Country Magazine', a monthy magazine which featured articles on the scandals and romantic affairs of the nobility.
BM Satire 6303.
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