“Copy of a room in the Fleet Prison; Tom sits at a table, to left, on which is a rejection letter from John Rich to whom he has submitted a play; his wife clenches her fists, the gaoler asks for garnish money and a boy asks payment for a tankard of ale; to left, Sarah Young has fainted and is being administered smelling salts by one woman while another slaps her hand, her child clings to her skirt; she is supported by an older man with a beard who has dropped a sheet containing a scheme for paying the national debt (a reference to such a scheme put forward by Hogarth’s father); in the background an alchemist works at a forge.”–British Museum online catalogue.
Title: Confined in the Fleet Prison [graphic].
Publication: [London] : Published with the consent of Mr. William Hogarth by Tho. Bakewell, according to act of Parliament, July 1735.
An old man sits outdoors in an upholstered chair, looking through a telescope which is pointed up left to a black woman standing on a cliff with her dress pulled up and her large derrière bared. A dog sits by the man’s chair with a similar look on its face as it too looks up at the woman.
“George III, half length, stands in profile to the left, holding a tiny Napoleon on the palm of his right hand, and inspecting him through a spy-glass. He says: “My little friend Grildrig, you have made a most admirable \ “panegyric upon Yourself and Country, but from what I can \ “gather from your own relation & the answers I have with \ “much pains wringed & extorted from you, I cannot but con- \ “-clude you to be one of the most pernicious, little – odious \ “-reptiles, that nature ever suffer’d to crawl upon the surface of the Earth.” He wears military uniform with a bag-wig. The only background is a dark cloud-like shadow across the lower part of the design.”–British Museum online catalogue.