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I’ve added four new prints to my ‘for sale’ section. Click on the link at the top of the page to see the sale listings. As always, new items are added at the bottom of the page so don’t forget to scroll down.

One of the items is this rather unusual satire from 1778 which, as far as I can tell, seems to have been commissioned by someone wishing to settle a dispute with an enemy. The print shows a man, whose partially obscured name appears in the text, being thrashed through the streets of London for his cowardice. The print was published anonymously and copies were sold at a shilling each, well below the going rate for an engraving such as this in the 1770s and almost certainly an indication that the publication costs had been subsidized by someone who was keen to ensure as wide a circulation as possible.

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