[Holland. ca. 1780]. Broadside, 12 x 13 inches (image size approximately 10 x 11 inches). Early vertical and horizontal folds, else near fine. Matted. Item #WRCAM39089
Title from George and Stephens, who list a captioned variant; the present engraving is not captioned. A fabulous Dutch satirical cartoon engraving depicting an embattled England during the American Revolution. A table, representing the Bank of England, hangs tipped over a Dutch landscape from a chain attached to the horn of a celestial unicorn. Seated at its edge is a fat Englishman, whom a Frenchman is pulling off the table by his ankle as a kneeling Spaniard looks on. A bemused American Indian baby in feathered headdress is seated at the center of the table, apparently giving England a small shove, and a Dutchman stands opposite the Frenchman, holding one of the table's legs and speaking to an accountant seated among piles of wealth. Below the scene is a tablet engraved in parallel English and Dutch text, a portion of which reads: "Amazing Fool - ! yet tottering on thy bench, Tho' scorn'd by Spain, and cozen'd by the French -- . Only the Dutch, not laughing at your nose, Good-natur'd helps, to snatch what-e'er you lose." Very rare, with only one copy located by OCLC, at Yale. M.D. GEORGE & F.G. STEPHENS, CATALOGUE OF POLITICAL AND PERSONAL SATIRES 5721 (variant).