[London] Published by E. Hedges No. 92 Cornhill Dec. 22, 1783
Dec. 22, 1783.
1 print : etching with engraving & stipple engraving on wove paper ; sheet 27 x 37 cm
Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 5, no. 6281
Title from text in image. Printmaker from British Museum catalogue. Later state, with title etched within bottom part of image instead of below image. See British Museum catalogue. Publication line above image in upper left is mostly burnished from plate; transcription from British Museum catalogue. Sheet trimmed within plate mark. Mounted to 28 x 38 cm.
The Coalition ministers are gathered around the table placed in the mouth of a cave. On the left sits Lord North wearing armor under his cloak, a goblet in his left hand. Opposite him on the right is Charles Fox, dressed as a centurion and sitting on a fox. He leans on the table keeping his right hand on three dice signed, "Madras," "Bombay," and "Bengal," and clutching a dice box in his left. Behind him Admiral Keppel, the date of the battle of Ushant (1778) on his helmet, raises his goblet in a toast. Behind him Sheridan, with ass's ears and "School for Scandal" written across his head cover, watches the Duke of Portland count out money to Lord Carlisle. On Portland's shoulder leans Lord Cavendish in a centurion's armor under his cloak. Between him and North sits Burke in a Jesuit's outfit reading his own "Plan of oeconomy [sic]." Under the table lie the corpses of Lords Shelburne and Ashburton, ousted by the Coalition.
Boyne, John, approximately 1750-1810 [Printmaker] Hedges, Edward, active 1780-1794 [Publisher]
Carlisle, Frederick Howard, Earl of, 1748-1825 Cavendish, John, Lord, 1732-1796 Fox, Charles James, 1749-1806 Keppel, Augustus Keppel, Viscount, 1725-1786 Portland, William Henry Cavendish-Bentinck, Duke of, 1738-1809 Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1760-1789
Engravings -- England -- London -- 1783 Etchings -- England -- London -- 1783 Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1783
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