The nuptial-bower [graphic] : with the Evil-One peeping at the charms of Eden, from Milton / Js. Gy. invt. & fect.
Gillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker.
[13 February 1797]
1 print : etching on laid paper, hand-colored ; sheet 26 x 36 cm
Title etched at bottom of image. One line of quoted text to left of title: "To the nuptial-bower he led her, blushing like the morn." Sheet trimmed within plate mark. CtY-LW Temporary local subject terms: Money: sacks of money -- Coronets -- Demons -- Cupids -- Female dress: fans -- William Pitt the Younger's debts -- Reference to Lord Auckland.
"Pitt, grotesquely thin and much caricatured, leads Eleanor Eden, a conventionally pretty woman, towards a bower (right) covered with a vine bearing many bunches of grapes interspersed with coronets. Within it are three large sacks inscribed '£'. His left hand is on her back, his right points to the bower. She advances demurely, a fan inscribed 'Treasury' held before her face. A Cupid with a torch flies before them. The Devil, a fat nude creature with webbed wings and the face of Fox, crouches behind the bower (right), impotently gnashing his teeth and clenching his fists. Ribbons with the jewels and star of an order are twined in the bower; more coronets and a star emerge from the ground. ..."--British Museum online catalogue.
To the nuptial-bower he led her, blushing like the morn
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley--Ownership. Buckinghamshire, Eleanor Hobart,--Countess of,--1777-1851--Caricatures and cartoons. Fox, Charles James,--1749-1806--Caricatures and cartoons. Harvey, Francis--Ownership. Humphrey, Hannah, active 1774-1817, publisher. Pitt, William,--1759-1806--Caricatures and cartoons. Riviere & Son Binding.
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Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 7, no. 8985 Wright, T. Works of James Gillray, the caricaturist with the history of his life and times, p. 218
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