A scene in the Crown & Anchor Tavern, or, A crack in the Wig Club [graphic].

Physical Description:
1 print : etching on laid paper, hand-colored ; plate mark 25.2 x 35 cm, on sheet 26.4 x 37 cm
Artist and printmaker unidentified; attributed to Isaac Cruickshank in the British Museum catalogue.
Imprint continues: ... where may be had complete setts of Caricatures on th [sic] French Revolution & on every popular subject. An exhibition admt 1s. in which is a correct model of the guillotine 6 feet high.
Title etched below image.
"Fox and Sheridan (left) sit together at the head of a rectangular table on which is a punch-bowl, &c, looking with dismay at whigs (right), who advance to hurl their wigs at a large pile of wigs on the left (inscribed 'The Heads having Scratched out of the Club'), or retire, having already done so. Fox and Sheridan wear enormous wigs, the former says, "Brother: Brother: we are all in the wrong" ... Before Fox is a list with names scored through. Sheridan grasps a bottle of 'Sherry'. A couple advance together, in the act of hurling their large wigs at the pile; one says, "I will Scratch out my Name in hopes of getting in for the City" (probably Nathaniel Newnham, returned for the City 1784, but defeated in 1790, cf. British Museum satires no. 7162). The other is perhaps Windham. The only one of the retiring wigless Whigs who is characterized is Burke. All say: "We have erased our Names for ever from the Club, when the Artful & Ambitious designs of a Faction are carried on under a Mask of Prudential Reform & when the leading Members are Notoriously known to Carry on a secret Correspondence with the Avowed Enemies of the Constitution they Affect to Support & Defend it is high time for all prudent & real friends to that Constitution to leave them to their Just Punishment, the Contemp of all true Friends to their King and Constitution."--British Museum online catalogue.
Variant Titles:
Crack in the Wig Club
Eating & drinking.
Taverns (Inns)
Whig Party (Great Britain)
Great Britain--Politics and government--1789-1820.--http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh85056909
Burke, Edmund,--1729-1797--Caricatures and cartoons.
Cruikshank, Isaac, 1756?-1811?, attributed name. http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n94004259
Fores, S. W., publisher. http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n97860707
Fox, Charles James,--1749-1806--Caricatures and cartoons.
Gillray, James,--1756-1815--Ms. notes.
Newnham, Nathaniel,--approximately 1741-1809--Caricatures and cartoons.
Sheridan, Richard Brinsley,--1751-1816--Caricatures and cartoons.
Whig Club (London, England)
Windham, William,--1750-1810--Caricatures and cartoons.
Annotations (Provenance)--18th century.--CtY-LW
Political cartoons--Great Britain--1793.
Satires (Visual works)--England--1793.
Content Type:
Prints & Photographs
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Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 7, no. 8315