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Spectacles for Republicans

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1868,0808.6481

  • Title (object)

    • Spectacles for Republicans
  • Description

    A design in two ovals representing the glasses of spectacles; the rim of one (left) is coloured yellow, of the other black. On the left a peasant sits in a chair, a child on his knee, another beside him; he holds out a tankard to his buxom wife who sits (left) at a large spinning-wheel. Beside her is a table on which are a pitcher and plate. Behind is the corner of a cottage. A pig (left) puts his head into the design. A spade and pitchfork lean against the man's chair. Above their heads is a crown with the words 'God save the king'. Beneath the oval: 'The land we live in and may those that dont like it leave it.'
    On the right a headless man (Louis XVI) stands with his hat under his arm, pointing towards a head which lies on the ground. Behind him (left) stands the Devil, grinning, his hands on his hips. The oval is surrounded by a string of (twenty-five) decollated heads. Beneath: 'A Philosophical cure for all evils Licentious Liberty is Destruction'. Verses are inscribed beneath each oval, beginning:

    'See how, beneath the Crown's protection smiles
    The peaceful Subject of these happy Isles!
    While equal Laws secure the Peasant's shade,
    Who dares his well earn'd Property invade?'

    And:

    'The Crown remov'd - behold the sad reverse,
    When raging Factions seize the public purse;
    Urg'd by the Fiend, and drunk with lawless Power
    They reign the cruel Tyrants of an Hour.' 24 November 1795
    Hand-coloured etching

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1795
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 272 millimetres
    • Width: 373 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title and two verses, and "Rd Newton fecit / London Pub Novr 24 1795 by Wm Holland, No 50, Oxford Street"
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
    An exception to the prevailing attacks on dearth (see BMSat 8664, &c.) and oppression (see BMSat 8687, &c). Cf. BMSat 8284, &c.

  • Bibliography

    • Alexander 192 bibliographic details
    • BM Satires 8695 bibliographic details
  • Location

    British XVIIIc Unmounted Roy

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1868

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1868,0808.6481

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat).  24 November 1795
Hand-coloured etching

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FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 24 November 1795 Hand-coloured etching

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