The Bank Nun


"The Bank Nun" during the Victorian Era also represented injustice. Miss. Whitehead, the Bank Nun, visited the Bank of England to protest her brother execution for financial forgery. Financial forgery was a huge fear of British in 1812 due to the new paper currency which was declared most susceptible to forgery which was known as "bullion controversy". Parliament passed over 30 forgery statutes which included, of course, the death penalty. The Bank of England began to pursue forgery execeutions although some of the people were considered innocent because they had no idea they attempting to cash counterfeit bucks. However, the bullion controversy also allowed Romantic writers to engage in the value and honesty of the world during the times. To freely express the wrondoings.

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  • James Gillray

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circa. 1797-98