Patriots amusing themselves, or, Swedes practising at a post [graphic].
[London] Pubd. April 19th, 1792, by H. Humphrey, No. 18 Old Bond Street [19 April 1792]
[19 April 1792]
1 print : etching on laid paper, hand-colored ; sheet 25 x 35 cm
Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 6, no. 8082 Wright, T. Works of James Gillray, the caricaturist with the history of his life and times, p. 143
Title from text in image. Printmaker from British Museum catalogue. Sheet trimmed within plate mark. Temporary local subject terms: Allusion to the assassination of Gustavus III of Sweden, March 1792 -- Guns: blunderbuss -- Pistol -- Targets: George III as a shooting target -- Toadstools -- Arms: royal arms -- Literature: books by Joseph Priestley satirized -- Music: c̦a ira. Old Print Shop ; June 1961 ; Acquisitions no.: 961-6-1-31. Watermark: Whatman.
"Fox (right) kneels in profile to the left, firing point-blank from a blunderbuss at a post which roughly suggests George III in back view: it is surmounted by a short wig and a hunting-cap decorated with the royal arms; round a protuberance simulating posteriors a circle is drawn with a bull's-eye at which Fox is firing. He is much caricatured, with large head and short fat legs; he wears a slouch hat with the inscription 'Ca-Ira', and has a pleased and sinister smile. Behind him Priestley (left) and Sheridan (right) face each other in profile with conspiratorial smiles. Sheridan is ramming the barrel of a pistol, saying, "Well! this new Game is delightful! - O Heavens! if I could but once Pop the Post!!! then you and me, - Dear Brother P, - Would sing with glee, - Full merrily Ca-ira! Ca-ira! Ca-ira!" Priestley holds out to him two books: "on the Glory of Revolution and on the Folly of Religion & Order", saying, "Here's plenty of Wadding for to ram down the Charge with, to give it force, & to make a loud Report.""--British Museum online catalogue.
Swedes practising at a post
Gillray, James, 1756-1815 [Printmaker] Humphrey, Hannah, active 1774-1817 [Publisher]
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley Fox, Charles James, 1749-1806 George III, King of Great Britain, 1738-1820 Harvey, Francis Priestley, Joseph, 1733-1804 Riviere & Son Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816
Etchings -- England -- London -- 1792 Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1792 Watermarks (Paper) -- J. Whatman
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