The first of April

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On the left, Charles James Fox sits on a chair, his gouty left foot resting on a stool, his right hand holding a crutch. Behind him is a paper which reads “Plan to discharge the Nation Debt”. His right arm reaches out to an angry group of citizens confronting him with their complaints and pleads for relief as he address them: “Gentlemen! I have been looking over my affairs, and give you my word of Honor you shall all be paid this day twelve month.” A butcher, baker, orphan child, a nurse and other troubled citizens voice their complaints in separate speech bubbles.

  • Printmaker: Collings, Samuel.
  • Title: The first of April, or, A meeting of creditors / SC [monogram] fect.
  • Published: [London] : As the Act directs published March 28, 1785 by W. Humphrey, Strand, [28 Mar. 1785].

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

Acquired October 2011.

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