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Photo, Print, Drawing A whole family lost / C.W.

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  • A whole family lost / C.W.


  • "A bell-man or town-crier stands full-face in the middle of the street, shouting his news, bell in his right hand, left arm raised. His cocked hat, long coat, and flapped waistcoat are gold-laced. His large figure fills the greater part of the design; words cover the upper part of the print: 'O Yes! If any of the relations, or next of kin, of one Mr Guinea, who about the year 1800 was much seen in England, and is supposed to be an Englishman. will give information where he can be met with, they will be handsomely rewarded, on application to Mr John Bull, Growling-Lane. opposite Thread-needle-street - A proportionate reward will be given for information relative to his son, Mr Half Guinea; or his grandson, Young Seven Shilling Piece. Papers innumerable have been issued in consequence of their disappearance, but all in vain; and they are believed by many persons to have left the kingdom; though others shrewdly suspect they lie hid somewhere in the country, waiting for more favourable times before they dare make their appearance; as they have reason to suppose they would instantly be tken up [sic] and put in close confinement - Their sudden disappearance is particularly to be regretted, as they were in great favour with the people, and enjoyed even the King's Countenance, to such a degree that they actually bore the Royal Arms. - Notwithstanding they are persons of real worth, yet it must be confessed that by getting occasionally into bad company, they have lost some little of their weight in society; yet if they will return all faults will be forgiven; no questions will be asked; but they may depend upon being recieved with open arms by their disconsolate friends, who by this temporary separation have learnt how to appreciate their sterling worth. - they resemble each other very closely, and may very easily be known by their round faces, and by their complexion which is of a bright yellow; for though they, it is true, were born and acquired their polish and insinuating manner in London; yet it is well ascertained, that the family originaly came, and derived their name, from the coast of Guinea, a place too well known in Liverpool to require any discription. - God save the King.' The heavy masonry of the Bank of England forms a background. On the pavement by the arched gateway (right) is a group of four. One man, feeling in his coat-pockets, looks at the Bellman, saying, "Mercy on us how shocking." Two men talk together; one says: "Oh! you have received your Dividend"; the other, holding out a sheaf of notes, answers: "Yes but it is all in Papers still!!" Behind them stands a woman. On the left a man and woman walk together along the pavement, surprised at the Bellman's words." (Source: George)


  • Williams, Charles, active 1797-1830, artist

Created / Published

  • [England] : Pubd. Novemr. 24th, 1814 by Sam Knight, Sweeting Alley, Rl Exce, 1814.


  • -  Town criers--England--1810-1820
  • -  Money--1810-1820


  • Cartoons (Commentary)--British--1810-1820.
  • Engravings--Color--1810-1820.
  • Satires (Visual works)--British--1810-1820.


  • Satires (Visual works)--British--1810-1820
  • Cartoons (Commentary)--British--1810-1820
  • Engravings--Color--1810-1820


  • -  Title transcribed from item.
  • -  Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires preserved in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum / by Mary Dorothy George, v. 9, no. 12314
  • -  Forms part of: British Cartoon Prints Collection (Library of Congress).


  • 1 print : hand-colored etching ; sheet 435 x 279 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • PC 1 - 12314 (A size) [P&P]


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Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2006687949

Reproduction Number

  • LC-DIG-ds-14192 (digital file from original)

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  • No known restrictions on publication.

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Chicago citation style:

Williams, Charles, Active , Artist. A whole family lost / C.W. England, 1814. [England: Pubd. Novemr. 24th, by Sam Knight, Sweeting Alley, Rl Exce] Photograph.

APA citation style:

Williams, C. (1814) A whole family lost / C.W. England, 1814. [England: Pubd. Novemr. 24th, by Sam Knight, Sweeting Alley, Rl Exce] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Williams, Charles, Active , Artist. A whole family lost / C.W. [England: Pubd. Novemr. 24th, by Sam Knight, Sweeting Alley, Rl Exce] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.