(CRUIKSHANK, George) – Hard times or, O! Dear what will become of us O! Dear what shall we do?!!!!! London, Thomas Tegg, 1814.
Sheet: 232 x 359 mm; Hand-coloured etching.
A parade of depressed tradesmen and professionals carry banners and emblems of their works as they march across this sheet. The rag-parade incorporates gardners, pharmacists, poets, artists, undertakers and some prostitutes. Napoleon is also part of the procession, led by a grinning little devil, and carrying a stake with the young king of Rome on the top. Among the artists, Cruikshank has included his own self-portrait.
BM Satires 12185; Broadley A 426.