Billy Lackbeard and Charley Blackbeard playing at football

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Billy Lackbeard and Charley Blackbeard playing at football
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(Thomas Rowlandson)

Billy Lackbeard and Charley Blackbeard playing at football

London, W. Humphreys, Feb. 7th. 1784

Etching

Old hand colouring

240 x 340 mm

Trimmed within platemark

£220

Pitt (left) and Fox (right) stand facing each other in profile, each With his left leg raised, and looking up at the India House, upside-down in the air, which they are treating as a football. Pitt is slim and elegant; behind him on a reading-desk is an open volume inscribed 'Blackstone', to show that Pitt (a barrister) had studied law. Behind Fox a table is partly visible showing dice-box and dice; at his feet are playing-cards. BM 6406