[London?] Pubd. May 15th, 1780, by W. Renegal [15 May 1780]
[15 May 1780]
1 print : etching ; plate mark 24.6 x 35.6 cm, on sheet 27 x 39 cm
Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 5, no. 5667 Wright, T. Works of James Gillray, the caricaturist with the history of his life and times, p. 30
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"George III, wearing a crown and ermine-trimmed robe is seated in an arm-chair asleep. The tassels of his girdle are thistles, indicative of Scottish influence. Round his neck is a chain from which hangs a cross, indicating the Romanizing tendencies of which he was accused at this time, see BMSat 5534, &c. His crown is being taken from his head by a judge in wig and ermine-trimmed robes, evidently Mansfield. Over the king's shoulder looks a Scot in Highland dress, evidently Bute, holding the sceptre which he has taken from the king's hand. He leans towards Mansfield saying "What shall be done with it?" Mansfield answers, "Wear it Your sel my Leard." On the king's left a man stands who holds in both hands the other side of the crown, he says, "No troth I'se carry it to Charly & hel not part with it again Mon!" He is dressed an an English gentleman, though his language indicates that he is a Scottish Jacobite; he is perhaps intended for some unpopular Scot, perhaps Wedderburn, then attorney-general. Behind the king's chair America, wearing a feathered head-dress, watches the scene; he says "We in America have no Crown to Fight for or Loose." In the foreground (right) sits Britannia asleep, her head resting on her hand; by her side lies the British lion, also asleep and chained to the ground. At her feet are two maps, one of "Great Britain" (torn) lies on one of "America". On the left stands a man in rags with bare legs and dishevelled hair, clasping his hands together and saying "I have let them quietly strip me of every Thing"; he appears to represent the British commercial community. An Irishman next him, a harp under his arm, walks away saying "I'le take Care of Myself & Family". The background to these figures is a hedge; behind it on the right is a Dutchman (the United Provinces) helping himself to the contents of two hives."--British Museum online catalogue.
Gillray, James, 1756-1815 [Printmaker]
Britannia (Symbolic character) Bute, John Stuart, Earl of, 1713-1792 Commerce -- Great Britain -- 1760-1820 George III, King of Great Britain, 1738-1820 Mansfield, William Murray, Earl of, 1705-1793 Rosslyn, Alexander Wedderburn, Earl of, 1733-1805 Sleepi
Etchings -- England -- London -- 1780 Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1780
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