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Spectacles for Republicans

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  • 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?'


    '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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  • Date

    • 1795
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  • 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

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Hand-coloured etching


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

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