Isaac Cruikshank the Elder
Dividing the Spoils !!
London, S W Fores, May 20th. 1796
Original hand colouring
180 x 280 mm
Two designs on one plate, divided by the title above.
Trimmed within platemark.
Four ladiers. Fashionably dressed, sit around a table dividing the profits of The Faro Bank. On the table are heaps of guineas with cheques or bank notes, a xsword, a ribbon and star, a paper Bond 200 …half pay… Faro. The two central figures seated behind the table are Lady Archer, with an angry expression, and Ladt Buckinghamshire, facing each other in profile, their breast much exposed. On the extreme left sits a young and good looking woman, her chin concealed by a swathing around the neck, she watches the dispute warily , her arms folded. Facing her on the right and older woman reads through a glass, a paper inscribed Hond. Sir please to pay Lady Bilkem one Thousand Pound for your Dutiful Son Dupe. These two are probably Mrs. concannon and Mrs. Sturt, the other two fashionable and notorious holders of far-banks. Lighted candl-sconces decorate the wall. The near edge of the table forms the lower edge of the design.
Four prostitutes in a ramshackle room are grouped, much as the four lades in the design above. They sit round a table on which their night’s plunder is pread; seals, watches etc. They are younger, handsomer, and have pleasanter expressions than the women of fashion; their breasts are similarly exposed, though their dress is ragged.