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The wicked statesman, or the traitor to his country, at the hour of death
- The wicked statesman, or the traitor to his country, at the hour of death
A man (l.) wearing a ribbon and star is seated in a high-backed chair at a small round table; he shrinks back in horror at the sight of three monsters advancing towards him surrounded by flames. In the centre a horned demon with animal's legs, holds up in his left. claw a table resembling tables of the Commandments in churches of the period. Its double columns are
headed, 'Catalogue of the different Sins, Committed by the Earl of------against
God, his King & his Country'. With the other claw he points at what is written below. On the right. a naked and emaciated figure with the head of a skull runs towards the statesman threatening him with a spear and outstretched talons. A crocodile (r.) advances with open jaws. A serpent coiling round the statesman's leg, opens its jaws to strike. On the table are three money-bags and two documents, one headed 'Scheme for selling England to the French'. On the floor are two books: 'Art of Bribery' and 'Machiavel'. The portrait is probably a generalized one, it has a certain resemblance to Grafton, none to Bute as suggested by the inscription "Earl of ------". Probably copied from BMSat 4964. 1 September 1772 Etching
- Height: 174 millimetres
- Width: 100 millimetres
(Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
From the 'Oxford Magazine', ix. 69. A companion print to BMSat 4965.
Satires British 1772 Unmounted Roy
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Object reference number: PPA71561
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