The horrid assassin Is Hatfield, attempting to shoot the king in Drury Lane theatre- on the 15th of May, 1800.
- The horrid assassin Is Hatfield, attempting to shoot the king in Drury Lane theatre- on the 15th of May, 1800.
Hadfield stands up in the pit and fires a pistol point-blank at the King, who turns reassuringly to a group of alarmed Princesses (left), while the Queen enters the box (right). He is seized by three men, one being Sheridan (right). On the extreme right is a corner of the orchestra, with three musicians, their music, 'God Save the King'. On the curtain which drapes the royal box and frames the design:
'From every latent foe
From the Assassins blow
God Save the King
Ov'r him thine Arms extend
For Britains sake defend,
Our Father Prince & Friend, [&c.].' c.May 1800
- Height: 234 millimetres
- Width: 316 millimetres
Inscription ContentLettered: 'Published by J Garbaneti 4, Great Russel St Bedford Square'
(Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
Hadfield, a discharged private of dragoons, and a silversmith, was dragged on to the stage across the orchestra and taken to a room in the theatre where he was examined by Sheridan and Wigstead (the artist, a Bow Street magistrate), and afterwards by Addington. The royal party sat out the comedy, after which 'God Save the King' was thrice sung followed by 'Rule Britannia'. After the farce 'God Save the King' was repeated with the (above) additional verses by Sheridan. This manifestation of loyalty followed that of 'Pizarro', see BMSat 9396, &c. Hadfield had been terribly wounded and was insane. 'Lond. Chron.', 16 and 17 May 1800; 'Lady Holland's Journal', 1908, ii. 83, 88-9. See BMSats 9537-9540, 9542.
Accompanied by a short magazine clipping about Hadfield.
Satires British 1800 Unmounted Roy
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Object reference number: PPA79607
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