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[Fox and Burke as Hudibras and Ralpho]

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    • [Fox and Burke as Hudibras and Ralpho]
  • Description

    No title. Fox and Burke (half length) seen through the barred window of a brick building in which they are imprisoned. They are Hudibras and his squire as in BMSat 6361, but in a prison instead of in the stocks. Above the barred aperture is inscribed 'Bailiffs for Middlesex' showing that it is a sponging-house for debtors (cf. BMSat 6483, &c). Outside stands the Duchess of Devonshire looking at them over her right shoulder. She wears a hat with a 'Fox' favour, trimmed with feathers and fox's tails as in the canvassing caricatures, but wears a plain riding-dress of masculine cut [Cf. 'Her Grace sometimes rides about in a black riding habit, which is very convenient in case she should be obliged to enter into contact with a Chimneysweeper'. A newspaper paragraph quoted in 'Westminster Election', p. 246.] instead of the usual voluminous petticoats. Her left hand rests on a tasselled cane. She is Hudibras's Lady who visited the pair in prison and released them; her words are etched beneath the design:

    'O heavens! quoth she, can this be true?
    I do begin to fear 'tis you:
    Not by your individual whiskers,
    But by your dialect and discourse.
    That never spoke to man or beast
    In notions vulgarly exprest:
    But what malignant star alas!
    Has brought you both to this sad pass?
    Hudibras, canto I mo.' [i.e. Part II, canto 1].

    On the brick wall of the prison bills are posted: 'Several Pouting lips to be hired by the day by Deven'; [ One of the advertisements for Hood and Wray ran: 'To be hired for the day, several pair of ruby pouting lips, of the first quality, [etc. etc.].' 'Westminster Election', p. 99.] Hood Ray Fox; 'Hood and Wray for ever; Leakes justly famous pills for curing the veneral . . . [cf.B MSat 6530]; No Coalition No Bribery'. 17 April 1784 Etching


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  • Date

    • 1784
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 301 millimetres
    • Width: 238 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

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        Lettered: 'Publish'd by I. Notice Oxford Road April 17 1784'
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
    One of many satires on the Westminster Election, see BMSat 6474, &c. For the Duchess of Devonshire, see BMSat 6493, &c.

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 6540 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Satires British 1784 Unmounted Roy)

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    Prints & Drawings

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