The worn-out patriot, or, The last dying speech of the Westminster representative at the anniversary meeting on Octr. 10th, 1800, held at the Shakespeare Tavern [graphic] / Js. Gillray inv. & fect.

Publishd. October 13th, 1800, by H. Humphrey, 27 St. James's Street
[13 October 1800]
Physical Description:
1 print : etching on wove paper, hand-colored ; plate mark 34.7 x 25.3 cm, on sheet 35 x 26 cm
Title etched below image.
Sheet trimmed to plate mark at the top and bottom.
Temporary local subject terms: Speeches: C.J. Fox's speech, October 10, 1800 -- Allusion to the War of American Independence -- Allusion to Napoleonic wars-- Taverns: Shakespeare Tavern, London -- Lord Mayor of London -- Chairs: thrones -- Emblems: cap of liberty as bonnet rouge -- Dishes: tankards -- Beverages: Whitbread's Entire (beer) -- Reference to Samuel Whitbread, 1758-1815 -- Petitions: London Livery's petition -- Furniture: chairs -- Spirits: brandy -- Harvey Christian Combe, 1752-1818.
Daniell & Son; October 1962; Acquisitions no.: 962-10-1-20.
Mounted to 48 x 30 cm.
"Fox stands on a dais at the head of a rough table, the seat from which he has risen is magnificent, above it is the inscription 'Vive la LiberteĢ€' surmounted by a bonnet-rouge. He is held up (left) by Combe, the Lord Mayor, a pompous figure in gown and chain, and (right) by Erskine. The former holds a 'Petition to ye Throne; - or a new way to Combe the Ministers Wig'; the latter grasps a bottle of 'Brand[y]'. Fox is melancholy, and his swollen legs cannot support unaided his vast bulk. Before him is a frothing pot of 'Whitbread's Entire' (cf. BMSat 8638). Only the guests on Fox's right and left are visible; they are Grey (or perhaps Byng), [Incorrectly identified in Wright and Evans as Sir J. Sinclair. Identifications of Grey by Lord Holland appear conclusive, but he is identified in 'London und Paris' as Byng, M.P. for Middlesex, and he resembles the Byng of BMSat 8782.] turning to watch his chief, and Tierney, looking gloomily before him. Behind Tierney are the heads of a butcher, with marrow-bone and cleaver, and a chimney-sweep with brush and shovel. All listen intently to Fox, who says: "Gentlemen, you see I'm grown quite an Old Man in your Service! Twenty Years I've served you, & always upon the same Principles; - I rejoic'd at the Success of our Enemies in the American War! - & the War against the Virtuous French Republic has always met with my most determined opposition! - but the Infamous Ministry will not make Peace with our Enemies, & are determin'd to keep Me out of their Councils & out of Place! - therefore Gentlemen! as their Principles are quite different from mine, & as I am now too Old to form myself according to their Systems, my attendance in Parliament is useless: - & to say the truth, I feel that my season of action is past, & I must leave to younger Men to Act, for alas! my failings & weaknesses will not let me now recognise what is for the best!""--British Museum online catalogue.
Variant Titles:
Last dying speech of the Westminster representative
Associated Names:
Gillray, James, 1756-1815 [Printmaker]
Humphrey, Hannah, active 1774-1817 [Publisher]
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley
Byng, George, 1764-1847
Erskine, Thomas Erskine, Baron, 1750-1823
Fox, Charles James, 1749-1806
Grey, Charles Grey, Earl, 1764-1845
Harvey, Francis
Riviere & Son
Tierney, George, 1761-1830
Etchings -- England -- London -- 1800
Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1800
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