Delightful. Matt Morgan. Source: Fun (27 August 1864): 244. Source: Suzy Covey Comic Book Collection in the George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida. Click on image to enlarge it

Captain B. (recognising an old Schoolfellow) “Why, good gracious, Jones, I’m grieved to see you now in such a position!”
Jones (savagely): — “Blow your sympathy — buy a trotter!’

A rare cartoon about one of the terrifying realities of Victorian life, the possibility of a precipitous fall in economic and social position. The caption dialogue captures the combination of embarrassment and desperation that fallen person experiences. —  George P. Landow

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