It turns out that when they’re not busy fixing interest rates, mis-selling spurious financial products and holding out their hands for multi-billion pound bailouts from the taxpayer, our friends in the banking industry also enjoy perusing Georgian caricature prints.
The Bank of England Museum’s forthcoming Cartoons & Caricatures exhibition will chart the history of the Bank and England’s financial sector through a selection of prints and drawings from the Bank’s private archives.
Anyone who happens to be in London between the 17th May and 9th November may wish to consider popping along in order to see original copies of Gillray’s A March to the Bank and Political Ravishment or The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street in Danger, as well as other works by George Cruikshank, John Tenniel and modern cartoonists like Gerald Scarfe and Steve Bell.
Further details can be found on the Bank’s website.
Regency banker-bashing: George Cruikshank’s The Scale of Justice Reversed, 1815. A starving and penniless John Bull is slowly crushed to death under the accumulated weight of the state’s debts, while a jubilant mob of bankers, landowners and merchants celebrates the repeal of the income tax.