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The Bubler's Mirrour, or England's Folley.

Major collection: Hart Nautical
Named collection: Allan Forbes Collection
Object type: print
Maker: Bowles, Thomas
Place made: United Kingdom, Greater London, London
Date made: 1720
Materials: ink; laid paper
Measurements: 14 in x 9 3/4 in
Nomenclature: historical
Classification: whales

Monochrome satirical print concerning the South Sea Bubble of 1720, one of a pair. Depicts a happy investor with a pouch of money, surrounded by lists of the chief companies and products of the period, with lists of prices paid in and sold at, each accompanied by a satirical verse. The Whale Fishery is mentioned. The South Sea Bubble was a speculation crisis with the South Sea Company's stock, and the beginning of the use of the term "bubble" for such a financial crisis.