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The Forestaller. The Widow.
The Forestaller. The Widow.
S.H. Inv.t. H.G.R. sculp.
Publish'd by S. Harding, 127 Pall Mall, Nov.r 13 1800. Printed by T. North, Little Tower Street, for S. Harding, Pall Mall.
Etching, watermark T.W. 1797. 165 x 315mm (6½ x 12½), set in letterpress, sheet 335 x 425mm (13¼ x 16¾"). Some wear, vertical fold, laid on archival paper.
A political broadside, critical of 'forestalling', buying up the supply of a foodstuff before it came on the market in order to keep the price high. On the left is a forestaller, drinking with a newspaper man who supports his actions; on the right is their victim, a widow with her young family, unable to afford food. Forestalling was listed as an offence in the Domesday Book, but attempts to decriminalise it were underway, achieved in 1844.
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