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- Object: Sandwich and Sackville at the bar.
A slight sketch of two men standing at a spiked semicircular bar before a judge. Only the upper part of the figures is drawn. The culprits stand in profile to the right, the nearer resembles Sandwich, the musical score hanging from his pocket confirms the identification. His companion is probably Lord George Germain (cr. Lord Sackville, 11 Feb. 1782).
Behind and above the two men hovers Justice, threatening them with a drawn sword and holding up a pair of scales, one of which is weighed down by a label inscribed "Crimes". The judge, whose face is hidden by his wig, also holds up a pair of scales, one of which is weighed down by a label inscribed "30,000". 1782?
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Height: 145 millimetres
Width: 215 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
The Judge is identified by Mr. Hawkins as Lord Loughborough, but Thurlow would seem more probable. According to a pencil note this is a first state with only two figures at the bar; the third would almost certainly be North.
North, Sandwich, and Germain had frequently been threatened with impeachment, and the new Ministry were blamed, e.g. by Walpole, for failing to attempt to punish them. Walpole attributes their escape to Shelburne, "who had devoted himself to the king", and to Thurlow, "whom they had pardoned and adopted". 'Last Journals', 1910, ii. 430. Burke said in the House of Commons on 26 April 1786, that he had drawn up seven distinct articles of impeachment, but had been induced by Rockingham to give up the project. Wraxall, 'Memoirs', 1884, iv. 311. Cf. BMSat 5660, 5661, 5964, 5969, &c.
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