Children of india worshiping
The children of India worshiping the golden calf [graphic] : this be thy God O India! who has brought thee to the verge of destruction.

Physical Description:
1 print : etching on laid paper, hand-colored ; sheet 49 x 56 cm
Notes:
Title etched below image.
Possibly after John Boyne according to Andrew Edmunds.
Sheet trimmed to plate mark on top edge.
CtY-LW
Abstract:
"Indian men and women kneel before a large rectangular pedestal on which stands a golden calf with the head of Hastings. Three Indians lie on the pedestal at Hastings's feet, making gestures of despair and entreaty. From his mouth protrudes a sword (left) inscribed 'The Brand of Devastation'. On his back sits Wilkes facing the tail (right) which he lifts with one hand; in the other is the cap of 'Liberty' in which he catches large jewels excreted by the Golden Calf. He wears a livery gown and says: "Who would not wipe a Calf's Backside, To gain the Sparks of Eastern Pride". At the Calf's feet lie a crown, sceptre, and orb, with (?) scimitars. On the ground and on the extreme left a well-dressed man stands before an altar holding a knife which drips blood over the altar; he says, pointing to an Indian who lies at his feet, stabbed through the heart: 'When British Judges rule the Coast, The Natives must obey, No palliative means we boast, By G------you die or pay'. In the foreground (right) stand Thurlow and a military officer. The Chancellor, who wears his wig and robe, is blindfolded; in his right hand he holds erect the 'Sword of Justice', which is being taken from him by the officer who holds a diamond against the blade. In Thurlow's left hand is a bag inscribed 'Gold Moors'; he says: "Which Powerful God my wavering mind controuls, And my Sage Brows with Golden bands infolds, 'Tis Mammons self I can be Just no more, Take thou the Sword give me the Golden Store". The officer, who wears a wallet or haversack inscribed 'Diamonds', says: "So shall we Triumph while the Diamond's smile, Can melt the Soul and Justice's beguile." Three Indians who kneel in the foreground below the pedestal of the Golden Calf are offering money (a bag inscribed 'Gold Moors') and jewel-boxes to Hastings."--British Museum online catalogue.
Variant Titles:
Children of India worshipping the golden calf
Topics:
Adoration.
Ceremonial objects.
Corruption.
Idols.
Justice.
Liberty.
Topics:
Boyne, John, approximately 1750-1810, attributed name. http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/nr92025859
East India Company.--http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n79118917
Hastings, Warren,--1732-1818--Caricatures and cartoons.
Hastings, Warren,--1732-1818--Impeachment.
Thurlow, Edward Thurlow,--Baron,--1731-1806--Caricatures and cartoons.
Wilkes, John,--1725-1797--Caricatures and cartoons.
Wilson, Minto--Ownership.
Language:
English
Genre:
Etchings--England--London--1788.
Satires (Visual works)--England--1788.
Watermarks (Paper)--CtY-LW
Format:
Text
Content Type:
Archives or Manuscripts
Rights:
These images are provided for study purposes only. For publication or other use of images from the Library's collection, please contact the Lewis Walpole Library at walpole@yale.edu. Further details on the Library's photoduplication policy are available at http://www.library.yale.edu/walpole/html/research/rights_reproductions.html
Call Number:
Drawer 788.05.15.01
Orbis Record:
13311111
Yale Collection:
Lewis Walpole Library
Digital Collection:
Lewis Walpole Library
Local Record Number:
lwlpr36219
Citation:
Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 6, no. 7319
OID:
16649424
PID:
digcoll:4581052