A British minister worshipping the meridian sun [graphic] / engraved after the original painted by Maria Closetool in the possession of his M-jest-y.

Published/Created:
London
Published by G. Humphrey No.48 Long Acre
July 5th 1786
Physical Description:
1 print : etching & engraving on laid paper ; sheet 227 x 268 mm.
Notes:
Title etched below image.
Sheet trimmed within plate mark.
Attribution made by George: Maria Closetool allusion to Maria Cosway.
Allusion to the Irish proposition of 1785 with an allusion to Maria Cosway's painting: A Persian going to adore the sun.
Suckling.
Watermark in center of sheet.
Abstract:
"George III is seated (left) on a rectangular altar bending forward, his posteriors bare and irradiated like a sun. He wears a crown; he bends forward as if to caress three fanged serpents emerging from the altar, inscribed, 'The King of Prerogative'. A pair of hands emerges from clouds: one has taken the sceptre from the King's hand, the other is about to remove his crown. Pitt (right) kneels behind the altar, holding out a scroll, the 'Irish Propositions' ... Behind him is a bundle of papers held together by a scroll inscribed 'Provision for the Boghouse 1785'. They are: 'Petition to the [Pa]rliament'; 'Manchester Remonstr[ance]'; 'from Glasgow'; 'Rights of the People'; 'Westminst[er] Petition'; 'Popula[r] Resentment'. Behind the bundle is a pyramid inscribed 'Sacrifices to Liberty The Gracchi', 'De Witt', 'Gaveston', 'Mortimer'; a hand pointing from the apex to Pitt is labelled, 'The next to fall'. In the distance is a ruined temple: 'Temple of Freed[om] a British ruin'. On the side of the altar on which the King is seated is a medallion surmounted with crossed axes inscribed 'Prerogative of the People'. It encloses a severed head in a bowl inscribed 'Charles I'."--British Museum online catalogue.
Associated Names:
Carey, William Paulet, 1759-1839 [Printmaker]
Humphrey, G. 1773?-1831? [Publisher]
Topics:
George III, King of Great Britain, 1738-1820
Great Britain. Parliament. House of commons
Ireland. Parliament. House of Commons
Pitt, William, 1759-1806
Topics:
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1760-1789
Language:
English
Genre:
Etchings -- England -- London -- 1786
Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1786
Format:
Image
Content Type:
Prints & Photographs
Rights:
These images are provided for study purposes only. For publication or other use of images from the Library's collection, please contact the Lewis Walpole Library at walpole@yale.edu. Further details on the Library's photoduplication policy are available at http://www.library.yale.edu/walpole/html/research/rights_reproductions.html
Call Number:
786.07.05.01
Orbis Record:
7733685
Yale Collection:
Lewis Walpole Library
Digital Collection:
Lewis Walpole Library
Local Record Number:
lwlpr06020
Volume/Enumeration:
Digital version
OID:
10728156
PID:
digcoll:553573