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Dressing the minister alias roasting the guinea pig

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1868,0808.6432

  • Title (object)

    • Dressing the minister alias roasting the guinea pig
  • Description

    Seven barbers, broadly caricatured, are grouped round Pitt who is spitted, and hangs head downwards, naked, before a huge fire. Under his head is a barber's bowl; a barber kneeling on one knee in profile to the right puts a brush to his nose, saying, "this will lather him I'll warrent him. this will make him smart." A stout, jovial man, also in profile to the right, sprinkles him with a dredger, saying: "Ill Flour him a dog. do you like it Billy; I say no Grumbling". A French barber, wearing a long queue, bites (?) an apple, saying, "Ah grant to me von little bite!" (Cf. BMSat 5790.) Behind stands another Frenchman, full-face, his hand on his breast, saying, "pauvre Diable, it vill be one warning to him". Another standing on the right singes Pitt with a burning paper inscribed: 'Prince's Debts', saying, "by gar de Minister vas renversèe vat you do call out of his place". On the right stands a stern-looking man holding out a pair of tongs towards Pitt and saying: "What take away all our Business & then make us pay the Prince's debts, besides did not he promise Us he would never pay them again a lying dog??" In front (right) a fat barber sits full-face; a barber's bowl on his knee serves as a plate. He holds a knife and fork across it, saying, "I shall have a double appetite when the Guinea pig [cf. BMSat 8628] is well roasted". On the extreme left is the King's head in profile to the right on a pole, serving as a barber's block, and looking apprehensively at Pitt. Above it, serving as a second title, is engraved 'The Barbers Shop'. 23 May 1795
    Hand-coloured etching

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1795
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 254 millimetres
    • Width: 354 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        With the stamp S.W.F
        Lettered: 'Pub 23 May 1795 by S. W Fores 50 Piccadilly, corner of Sackville St.' ['50' is written over another number (3), and the words after 'Piccadilly' are added in a different hand.]
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
    For the tax on hair-powder see BMSat 8629, &c, and the Prince's debts see BMSat 8673, &c.; for 'no Grumbling', BMSat 8646.

    (Supplementary information)
    The attribution to O'Keefe was made by Dr A J Norton (December 2007), although Hawkins's annotation suggests that he thought the print was the work of Henry Kingsbury.

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  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 8650 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Satires British 1795 Unmounted Roy)

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1868

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1868,0808.6432

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat)   Hand-coloured etching

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat) Hand-coloured etching

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