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"Annuity: A Historical Perspective on Financial Security and Social Inequality" In the painting "The Peasant Lawyer (oil on panel

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Annuity Collection: The Peasant Lawyer (oil on panel)
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Annuity Collection: Eviction of a family who can no longer pay their rent and is now standing in the rain, Rome, 1880
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Annuity Collection: Le Vocabulaire Illustre: Pension; Boarding-house; Erziehungsanstalt (engraving)
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Annuity Collection: Socialist deputy promising the moon (retirement) to a poor proletarian (carpenter)
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Annuity Collection: Annuity payment (chromolitho)
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Annuity Collection: Rentier et sa bonne - Comedy drawing by Fernand Fau (1858-1919) - '
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Annuity Collection: Page from Jordans Enamelled Signs (colour litho)
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Annuity Collection: Bribing Caroline
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Annuity Collection: Piccadilly Circus, London, on Derby Day

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"Annuity: A Historical Perspective on Financial Security and Social Inequality" In the painting "The Peasant Lawyer (oil on panel), " we witness a poignant scene of an eviction in Rome, 1880. The family, unable to pay their rent, stands helplessly in the pouring rain. This image serves as a stark reminder of the consequences faced by those who lack financial stability. Taking us back even further, scenes depicted under the French Revolution in the gouache by Lesueur brothers circa 1789 at Musee Carnavalet, Paris reveal societal unrest. Among these scenes are depictions of "bread shortness, " where people struggle to obtain basic necessities like food due to economic hardships. Additionally, we see annuiters selling their effects - individuals forced to part with their belongings just to survive. Le Vocabulaire Illustre engraving showcases various aspects related to annuity such as pension and boarding-house. It highlights how this concept has been deeply ingrained in society for centuries as a means of providing income security or accommodation during retirement years. However, not all promises surrounding annuities have been fulfilled. In a satirical drawing titled "Socialist deputy promising the moon (retirement) to a poor proletarian (carpenter), " we observe skepticism towards political assurances regarding financial well-being after one's working life ends. Yet amidst these struggles and broken promises, there is hope for some through regular annuity payments captured beautifully in chromolitho artistry. These payments serve as lifelines for individuals relying on them for sustenance and survival. Moving away from historical depictions but still relevant today is Fernand Fau's comedy drawing titled "Rentier et sa bonne. " This piece humorously portrays interactions between landlords living off rental income and their domestic staff members who support them financially indirectly through their work. Shifting gears once again brings us into modern times with Piccadilly Circus bustling on Derby Day.