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- Object: Britannia's Glory
Satire on the return to office of William Pitt in July 1766. Charles Pratt, Lord Camden, and Pitt tread on the prostrate figure of Envy as they approach a welcoming Britannia; Justice, blindforld, and carrying her sword has just handed her scales to Camden, newly appointed Lord Chancellor. Pitt holds the staff and cap of Liberty, Fame trumpets the event, Minerva crowns the new ministers with laurels. In the background, an opposition journalist, "one of those Envidious Scriblers, receives his just Reqard, at the Tail of a Cart, loaded wit the Virulent Productions, of those Anonymous Wretches to be burnt, by the Hands of the Common Hangman."
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- 1766 (circa)
Height: 313 millimetres (trimmed?)
Width: 290 millimetres (trimmed?)
- Curator's comments
- Rockingham was forced out of office on 30 July 1766, but it was already clear that the king was prepared for Pitt to take power. Pitt did not wish to take the position of First Lord of the Treasury and the Duke of Grafton was given the post, although Pitt became de facto prime minister; his post was as Lord Privy Seal.
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- Acquisition notes
- 1849,1003.1 to 100 were purchased by A E Evans at the 3rd part of the Stowe sale (collection of the Duke of Buckingham) on 7-8 August 1849. The lots purchased were 258, 261, 266-7, 269-70, 273 (all of caricatures), and lot 24 (sea fights)
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