Britannia between Scylla and Charybdis, or, The vessel of the Constitution steered clear of the Rock of Democracy and the Whirlpool of Arbitrary-Power [graphic] / Js. Gy. desn. et fect. pro bono publico.
[London] Pubd. April 8th, 1793 by H. Humphrey, N. 18 Old Bond Street [8 April 1793]
[8 April 1793]
1 print : etching on wove paper, hand-colored ; sheet 31 x 38 cm
Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 7, no. 8320 Wright, T. Works of James Gillray, the caricaturist with the history of his life and times, p. 168
Title etched below image. Caption below image, under the heads of Priestley, Fox and Sheridan: Sharks, dogs of Scylla. Sheet trimmed within plate mark on lower edge. Temporary local subject terms: Flags: union pennant -- Constitution as a boat -- Boats -- Cap of liberty as bonnet rouge -- Allusion to the French Revolution -- Crowns: royal crown inverted as a whirlpool -- Cap of Liberty -- Symbols: tricolor cockades -- Allusion to Scylla abd Charybdis (Greek mythology) -- Literature: George Canning, 1770-1827, The Pilot that Weathered the Storm -- Waves -- Fortresses. Peter Murray Hill. Chelsea, London; October 1958; Acquisitions no.: 958-10-1.
"Pitt steers a small boat, 'The Constitution', with a single sail, a Union pennant flying from the mast, through huge waves between a high rock (left) and a whirlpool whose circumference is an inverted crown which merges in the swirling water. He is in profile to the right, gazing fixedly at a castle on a promontory (right) among still waters, which flies a flag inscribed 'Haven of Public Happiness'. Britannia, a buxom young woman, sits in the boat, her hands raised in alarm, her head turned towards the rock, on the summit of which is a large bonnet-rouge with a tricolour cockade on a post within a ramshackle fence. Spray dashes against Scylla; beside the rock and in the foreground (left) three sharks with human heads closely pursue Pitt's boat: Sheridan, Fox, and Priestley (good profile portraits), their eyes fixed menacingly on the boat. They are: 'Sharks'; 'Dogs of Scylla'."--British Museum online catalogue.
Vessel of the Constitution steered clear of the Rock of Democracy and the Whirlpool of Arbitrary Power
Gillray, James, 1756-1815 [Printmaker] Humphrey, Hannah, active 1774-1817 [Publisher]
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley Britannia (Symbolic character) Fox, Charles James, 1749-1806 Harvey, Francis Pitt, William, 1759-1806 Priestley, Joseph, 1733-1804 Riviere & Son Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816
Etchings -- England -- London -- 1793 Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1793
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