The ghost of a guinea! or the country banker's surprise!! / Woodward, delin., British Cartoon Print
Print shows a banker astonished by a guinea coin with King George III on it. The banker says, "Surely my eyes do not deceive me--it certainly must be a Guinea!--I declare I have not seen such a thing since I have been in the Banking Line--Mercy on us--it may perhaps be one of the New Ghosts that go about--if thou beest a real guinea do drop in my till, and let me hear thee chink." Inscribed on the window pane behind him: "Tim Jenkins Banker--Paper Wholesale and Retail. NB--No Objection to take light Guineas for Goods."
Title from item.
Library of Congress copy is hand-colored.
Print is an earlier state of a print recorded in George.
Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires preserved in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum / by Mary Dorothy George, v. 8, no. 11576
Forms part of: British Cartoon Prints Collection (Library of Congress).
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