Political Ravishment, or The Old Lady of Threadneedle-street in Danger!  

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"Political Ravishment, or The Old Lady of Threadneedle-street in Danger!" [1], a satirical cartoon by James Gillray attacking Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger's decision on 26 January 1797 to temporarily forbid the Bank of England from paying out in gold, having it issue banknotes instead. This cartoon is thought to be the origin of the nickname "Old Lady of Threadneedle Street" for the Bank of England. The male figure is William Pitt the Younger.

The woman cries out, “Murder! Murder! Rape! Murder! O you Villain! What have I kept my honor untainted so long, to have it broken up by you at last? O Murder! Rape! Ravishment! Ruin! Ruin! Ruin!!!”



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