The plumb-pudding in danger, or, State epicures taking un petit souper / Js. Gillray inv. & fect.
[London] Pubd. Feby. 26th, 1805, by H. Humphrey, 27 St. James's Street [26 February 1805]
[26 February 1805]
1 print : etching on wove paper, hand-colored ; plate mark 26.0 x 36.7 cm, on sheet 27 x 38 cm
Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 8, no. 10371 Wright, T. Works of James Gillray, the caricaturist with the history of his life and times, p. 316 Wright, T. Historical and descriptive ac
Title etched in upper right corner of image. Temporary local subject terms: Globe -- Dining table -- Trident -- Lion of England - Carving knives. Unidentified stamp on verso.
"Pitt (l.) and Napoleon face each other at a round dinner-table on which, in a dish, is a terrestrial globe in the form of a steaming plum-pudding. Pitt, with a carving knife, and three-pronged fork (like a trident) planted in the '[Atlantic] Ocean', cuts a deep gash to the west of 'Britain', extending from the Pole to the Equator; he obtains the 'West Indies'. Napoleon, using his sword and a two-pronged fork which straddles 'Hanover', is cutting from Europe a large fragment including 'France', 'Holland', 'Spain', 'Swiss[erland]', 'Italy', 'Mediterranean', but missing 'Sweden' and 'Russia'. Before each is an empty (gold) plate, on Pitt's the Royal Arms, on Napoleon's an imperial crown. On the back of Pitt's chair is a crowned British Lion on its hind-legs, holding up a Union flag; a fierce imperial eagle clutching a bonnet rouge decorates that of Napoleon. Pitt, very tall and thin, wears a cocked hat and regimentals and long pigtail (cf. BMSat 10113, &c). Napoleon, sturdier and much shorter, has almost to rise from his chair to reach the pudding. He wears military dress, a huge plumed bicorne resting on his shoulders. Pitt looks warily at Napoleon who stares fiercely at the pudding. The figures are seven-eighths length. Below the title: '- "the great Globe itself, and all which it inherit" [sic, 'Tempest', iv. i], is too small to satisfy such insatiable appetites - Vide Mr W-d-m's [Windham's] eccentricities, in ye Political Register.' (For Windham as a contributor to Cobbett's paper see BMSat 10414)."--British Museum online catalogue.
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley Harvey, Francis Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821 Pitt, William, 1759-1806 Riviere & Son
Etchings -- England -- London -- 1805 Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1805
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