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‘Apothecaries Taylors, &c. Conquering France and Spain’, 1779

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Mounted hand coloured etching, entitled ‘APOTHECARIES__TAYLORS, &c. Conquering FRANCE and SPAIN.’, possibly designed by James Gillray, etched by anon, and published by William Humphrey around 1779.

A large group of tradesmen gather at a round table in a tavern, drinking punch and giving their opinions of the current political situation – the possible French and Spanish invasion.

The tradesmen include a barber (who wears a comb in his wig, and has a powder puff in his pocket), a shabby tailor (with scissors in his pocket), and the apothecary William Atkinson (shown at the front, to the right of the scene, holding his hat, wearing a full-tailed frock coat). In other caricatures Atkinson is depicted with a bag-clyster in one pocket.