Patriots amusing themselves, or, Swedes practising at a post [graphic].

Pubd. April 19th, 1792, by H. Humphrey, No. 18 Old Bond Street
[19 April 1792]
Physical Description:
1 print : etching on laid paper, hand-colored ; sheet 25 x 35 cm
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.
Variant Titles:
Swedes practising at a post
Associated Names:
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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Prints & Photographs
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