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Santa caught by the tax inspector by H. M. Bateman

A rather surprised looking Father Christmas, who has arrived at the house of a tax inspector to innocently deliver toys on Christmas Eve, finds himself caught by a vigilant tax inspector. H.M. Bateman was personally obsessed with tax men and they feature in many of his cartoons! Caption reads: Income Tax Collector: A-a-h! I want a statement of your accounts for the past million years to date! Copyright: H.M. Bateman Designs Limited

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In this hilarious and festive print by H. M. Bateman, we witness a rather surprised-looking Father Christmas finding himself in an unexpected predicament on Christmas Eve. As he innocently arrives at the house of a tax inspector to deliver toys, Santa is caught off guard by the vigilant tax collector who has been eagerly awaiting his arrival. The image captures the moment perfectly, with Santa's wide-eyed expression conveying both surprise and confusion as he realizes that his jolly mission has taken an unforeseen turn. The tax inspector stands tall and authoritative, demanding a statement of accounts for what seems like an eternity – "the past million years to date"! H. M. Bateman's personal obsession with tax men shines through in this comical cartoon-like depiction. Known for incorporating humor into historical contexts, Bateman uses his artistic talent to shed light on the often-dreaded subject of taxation during a time typically associated with joy and celebration. As we admire this amusing snapshot from history, it serves as a reminder that even Father Christmas can fall victim to the clutches of bureaucracy. So next time you hear those sleigh bells ringing on Christmas Eve, spare a thought for poor old Santa who may just find himself ambushed by taxes instead of delivering toys!

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