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The Underwriter Who Missed The Total Loss, by H. M. Bateman

The Underwriter Who Missed The Total Loss, by H. M. Bateman



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The Underwriter Who Missed The Total Loss, by H. M. Bateman

The inside of Lloyds and the Lutine bell, which is rung to announce a total loss, one stroke for bad news and two for good. Date: 1933

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1933 Announce Bateman Bell Crying Delighted Emotions Good Lloyd Loss Missed Rung Stroke Total Unhappy Underwriter


The Underwriter Who Missed The Total Loss

EDITORS COMMENTS
by H.M. Bateman: A Captivating Tale of Emotion and Anticipation at Lloyd's of London (1933) In this evocative print by renowned British satirical cartoonist H.M. Bateman, we witness a poignant moment inside the hallowed halls of Lloyd's of London, the world-famous insurance market. The room is filled with underwriters, their faces etched with a mix of anticipation and anxiety as they await the tolling of the Lutine Bell. The Lutine Bell, a symbol of both good and bad news, hangs prominently in the room. When rung once, it signifies bad news, a total loss. But two strokes mean good news, a successful claim. The underwriter in the foreground, with a look of utter despair on his face, has missed the bell's ominous single stroke. He hangs his head, his shoulders slumped in disappointment, as his colleagues around him react with a range of emotions – some with relief, others with sympathy, and a few with delight. Bateman masterfully captures the raw emotions of the underwriting community, their collective breath held in anticipation of the bell's toll. The print is a testament to the high-stakes world of insurance underwriting, where every decision can bring either joy or sorrow. The Underwriter Who Missed The Total Loss is a captivating snapshot of human emotion and the unpredictability of fate.

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