The plumb-pudding in danger, or, State epicures taking un petit souper / Js. Gillray inv. & fect.

Pubd. Feby. 26th, 1805, by H. Humphrey, 27 St. James's Street
[26 February 1805]
Physical Description:
1 print : etching on wove paper, hand-colored ; plate mark 26.0 x 36.7 cm, on sheet 27 x 38 cm
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.
Variant Titles:
State epicures taking un petit souper
Associated Names:
Gillray, James, 1756-1815 [Printmaker]
Gillray, James, 1756-1815 [Artist]
Humphrey, Hannah, active 1774-1817 [Publisher]
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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Prints & Photographs
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