The London Stock Exchange’s reaction to a current financial panic is the butt of John Leech’s “The Currency Question, or The Exchange Out for a Day.” Picnicking in troubled times, a racectrack, is risible, but then again, Leech implies, buying and selling stocks is a much a gamble as horse racing. The legend is and exchange between Jones and Brown: “Things are deuced bad in the City!” to which Brown answers: “Then I’m deuced glad I’m at Epsom!”

Featured Image: John Leech. “The Currency Question, or The Exchange Out for a Day.” Punch, or the London Charivari (May, 1847); https://archive.org/stream/picturesoflifech00leecrich#page/272/mode/1up

See: John Leech. Pictures ofLife and Character, from the Collection of Mr. Punch. London: Bradbury, Agnew, & Co. 1887