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Richard Dighton’s City Characters

February 18, 2022
by the gentle author

Thanks to everyone who has contributed, we are now a third of the way towards my crowd-funder to launch a COMMUNITY TOURISM PROJECT in Spitalfields as a BETTER ALTERNATIVE to the serial killer tours that monetise misogyny. We still have a way to go to reach our target, so please help by spreading the word.




Map of The Gentle Author’s Tour of Spitalfields designed by Adam Dant


At the end of the week in which bumper bonuses for bankers were celebrated in the City of London, I thought I would publish Richard Dighton’s cartoons of their Regency counterparts from 1824 in the archive at the Bishopsgate Institute, thus testifying that fat cats are not a new phenomenon.



Images courtesy Bishopsgate Institute

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4 Responses leave one →
  1. Saba permalink
    February 18, 2022

    They definitely knew how to do footwear! Love the slippers especially.

  2. Mary permalink
    February 18, 2022

    Yes Saba, it seems they did not go short of food either. Very large bodies on very small feet.

  3. John Cunningham permalink
    February 18, 2022

    On the subject of bumper bonuses for bankers mentioned in the introduction. This will probably continue going upwards as it has now been reastablished. Bad news for Spitalfields, as said city bankers work nearby? A fairly ordinary 1950s house on Fournier St was recently on the market for two million plus. With soaring bonuses for the nearby bankers this may seem good value in the not too distant future.

  4. molly ayton permalink
    February 19, 2022

    love reading your stories /pictures are brilliant

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