A Peep into Ilchester Bastile.
Etching. Sheet 200 x 245mm (8 x 9¾"), on Whatman Mill paper dated 1818. Binding folds flattened.
In a prison cell a jailer holding scourge and keys stands by the door, scowling at an emaciated man, heavily shackled to the floor and lying on the frame of a bedstead. A man in a striped prison suit is bent double because his ankles and wrists are chained to the floor. A woman sits with her legs confined in stocks. The frontispiece to a pamphlet containing a letter from H. Hunt to T. F. Buxton, M.P., concerning the prison. The plate has little relation to the text: the chief grievance was that visitors were not admitted before 9 a.m. or after 5 p.m.
BM Satires 14187.
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