These gentlemen made an exact inventory

Artist: Thomas Morten (1836-66)

Engraver: W.J.Linton


Wood engraving

7½ x 5½ inches.

‘These gentlemen made an exact inventory’, for Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, p.24

This depiction of Gulliver in Lilliput shows one of several ludicrous encounters with the bureaucratic process, this time showing the moment when tiny civil servants, small in stature and small in mind, make an utterly absurd and meaningless list of his belongings.

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Scanned image and text by Simon Cooke

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