The Westminster watchman guarding the people's property.

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The Westminster watchman guarding the people's property.
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Robert Dighton

The Westminster watchman guarding the people's property.

London, November 20th. 1798

Etching

Original hand colouring

190 x 140 mm

Trimmed to image

£100

Fox as a watchman (imitated in BMSat 9508) sleeps in his box with folded arms. He clasps, in place of his staff, a club, the small end of which terminates in a crown and anchor, and inscribed 'This Club will protect me Right or Wrong'. His lantern hangs awry from the side of the box, the candle broken and guttering and smoking violently. On the lower (closed) half of the box are bills; one large one, superimposed on others, is 'Wanted A Gard'ner and to look after a Fox, he must attend his Duty in the House, or he'll be of no use to his Employers, enquire of the Westminster Electors'. This partly covers a torn 'Pat[ent]' headed with the Royal Arms. A small bill is 'Lost a black Fox dog'. BM 9687