A Pig in a Poke . Whist, Whist

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A Pig in a Poke . Whist, Whist
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A rare Gillray. Four men, their feet cut off by the lower margin, play whist at a rectangular table ; each has one card in his hand and is about to play the last trick, the tricks piled on the table show that each side has six tricks. Sir Joseph Mawbey, on the left, looks at his partner on the right, a very stout man wearing a legal wig, both hold court cards (diamonds). The man seated on the farther side of the table looks sideways at Mawbey, saying : O-h! you’ve brought your Pigs to a fine Market! His partner, in back view, is a very thin man whose hair extends grotesquely on each side of his head ; he holds the five of diamonds. From Mawbey’s pocket projects a document, Surrey Commisssion, and a book, Burn Justice (Burn’s well-known justice of the Peace and Parish Officer, used by all acting J.P.s, not an exhortation to incendiarism as Evans supposes). Above his head is a picture of a pig feeding from a trough.
This is said by Evans to relate to a quarrel between Mawbey and his steward, whom he arrested for a balance of £30 alleged to be due. The steward brought na action and received £150 damages. Mawbey’s partner is identified by E Hawkins as Mr. Stevenson. Mawbey, a Southwark distiller, bred great quantitities of hogs, and is seldom mentioned without some allusion to this.
In March 1789 Gillray wrote to Fores asking for payment (£1 11s. 6d.) for this print as well as two others.
BM 7422