The sad and dark effects of the taxes of 1784 [graphic].
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- The sad and dark effects of the taxes of 1784 [graphic].
- Sparrow, Samuel, printmaker
- Published / Created
- [June 1784]
- Publication Place
- Publish'd by S. Sparrow, No. 17 Rosoman's Street, Clerkenwell
"A satire on the taxes on windows, coal, soap, &c. In the foreground a small cart laden with coals is drawn (right to left) by an ass harnessed in front of an ox. A carter stands by the ox, wearing a cap inscribed 'No tax upon Caps'; he says: "I hope we shall sheam Measter P------t and meak him to blush for want of more wit." The ass says, "The tax upon Horses is enough to make a Dumb Ass speak." Behind the coal-cart is a woman standing outside a cottage door (right), her hands in a wash-tub. She says: "Is that Mr P------t I wish he was nigh for instead of the Soap he makes me use Lie." A large three-storied house stands at right angles with the cottage, it has a gabled pediment. Out of thirty-two windows all but seven have been blocked up. A visitor stands, one foot on the doorstep, pointing to a man who stands behind him, saying, "The Honble Mr P------t desires to know whether Esqr Blockup is at home...". A servant in livery at the door holds a lighted candle, saying, "I hope His Honour will excuse our darkness it is to save Taxes". Pitt (left) stands holding a tasselled cane and saying, "I must overlook it all for necessity has no Law". A woman looks out of the centre window of the top floor, saying, "We have got seven windows left now so we are not in total darkness.""--British Museum online catalogue
Title from item.
Sheet trimmed within plate mark.
Printmaker and publication date from British Museum catalogue.
State with price burnished.
Temporary local subject terms: Window tax -- Coal tax -- Allusion to hat tax -- Soap tax -- Commutation Tax, 1784 -- Country houses: exterior -- Buildings: outbuildings -- Trades: washerwomen -- Carters -- Coal carts -- Wash-tubs -- Asses -- Mules -- Servants -- Lighting: candlesticks.
- 1 print : sheet 25 x 34 cm
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Subjects, Formats, And Genres
Caricatures and cartoons
Satires (Visual works) England 1784
Etchings England London 1784
- etching ; and laid paper.
- Resource Type
- still image
- Subject (Name)
- Pitt, William, 1759-1806
Pitt, William, 1759-1806 > Caricatures and cartoons
England > 1784
England > London > 1784
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