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The Lyon in Love. Or the Political Farmer

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1868,0808.3599

  • Title (object)

    • The Lyon in Love. Or the Political Farmer
  • Description

    Satire on Walpole's negotiations with Spain at the time of Admiral Haddock's threats to the Spainish coast in the summer of 1738. On the left Walpole, a crown and orb at his feet, holding a decorative sword chained to his wrist pats the head of a seated lion while the devil whispers in his ear; a Spaniard is cutting the lion's claws while a young woman ("Polly", representing commercial privileges offered to Walpole by Spain) bares her breast at the lion; behind another Spaniard, possibly Sir Thomas Fitzgerald, "Don Geraldino", hands Cardinal Fleury a note lettered, "All Safe". In the background to right, is an English ship in full sail while on the shore a Spaniard beats a lion, and above an angel flies carrying a flag lettered, "Britons Strike Home". Engraved inscriptions, title and explanatory verses in two columns. 27 October 1738

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  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1738
  • Materials

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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 324 millimetres
    • Width: 200 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered beneath image with title followed by further lines: 'An Aesopian tale, applicable to the present times.', verses: 'A lyon, once to love inclin'd...', and publication line: '27 of Octor: 1738 publish'd according to a late Act. Price. 6p'
  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 2347 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Broadsides British 1738 Imp

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1868

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1868,0808.3599

A broadside satirising Robert Walpole's reluctance to go to war with Spain; with an etching showing a group of people, in the centre foreground a man cutting the claws of the British Lion, on the left a man representing Walpole petting the head of the lion, on the right a female figure representing Spain, beguiling the lion, in the right background a warship and, at the shore, a lion reluctant to follow; with engraved incriptions, title and verses in two columns. (n.p.: 1738)

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A broadside satirising Robert Walpole's reluctance to go to war with Spain; with an etching showing a group of people, in the centre foreground a man cutting the claws of the British Lion, on the left a man representing Walpole petting the head of the lion, on the right a female figure representing Spain, beguiling the lion, in the right background a warship and, at the shore, a lion reluctant to follow; with engraved incriptions, title and verses in two columns. (n.p.: 1738)

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