A British minister worshipping the meridian sun [graphic] / engraved after the original painted by Maria Closetool in the possession of his M-jest-y.
London Published by G. Humphrey No.48 Long Acre July 5th 1786
1 print : etching & engraving on laid paper ; sheet 227 x 268 mm.
Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires / Mary Dorothy George, v. 6, no. 6964
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.
"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.
Carey, William Paulet, 1759-1839 [Printmaker] Humphrey, G. 1773?-1831? [Publisher]
George III, King of Great Britain, 1738-1820 Great Britain. Parliament. House of commons Ireland. Parliament. House of Commons Pitt, William, 1759-1806
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1760-1789
Etchings -- England -- London -- 1786 Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1786
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