Headed notepaper satirising railway mania, 1845.
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'A Railway Croesus in a fit of dumps - A 'call' is made- he cannot raise the STUMPS!'. One of four satirical sketches used for headed notepaper satirising the speculative investment fever of the railway mania that took place between 1845 and 1846. This fever resulted in riches for some and losses for others. Here a man is depicted sat in front of a fire looking down at the floor in despair. On the walls behind him hang his intended plans. Printed by Rock and Co (London), taken from the Dendy Marshall collection.