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"An angel, gliding on a sun-beam into paradice; Milton.

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  • Title (object)

    • "An angel, gliding on a sun-beam into paradice; Milton.
  • Description

    Mrs. Schwellenberg, enormously fat and heavily laden, supported by small wings, floats or falls head foremost down a broad slanting ray, which extends from a sun with a crown in its centre in the upper right corner of the print and stretches across the sea to a castellated town flying a flag inscribed 'Hanover'. Half only of the crown and sun is visible. Her massive legs terminate in tiny feet. In her arms are two large money-bags, labelled 'Pr Ann.' and '£1000000'. Her bulging pocket hangs downwards, a rosary and cross hanging from it. Beneath the title is etched:

    "Down thither, prone in flight, - Lo Schwelly speeds, & with her brings, the Gems, and Spoils of Heav'n," 11 October 1791
    Hand-coloured etching


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  • Date

    • 1791
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 275 millimetres
    • Width: 215 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title and publication detail: 'Pubd Octr 11th 1791. by H. Humphrey N 18 Old Bond Street'.
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
    Lord Holland (1773-1840) notes (MS.) that it was suspected that the Queen transmitted to Germany through Mrs. Schwellenberg 'the money and presents which she obtained in England'. See BMSat 8095.
    Grego, 'Gillray' (small copy), p. 137. Wright and Evans, No. 386. Reprinted, 'G.W.G.', 1830.


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 7906 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Unmounted Roy)

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    Prints & Drawings

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FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 1791  Hand-coloured etching

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 1791 Hand-coloured etching

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