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- Object: A sun setting in a fog; with the old Hanover Hack descending.
Fox riding (left to right) the old white horse of Hanover, symbolizing the king, from a level plain down the sides of a ravine. In the valley (right) behind heavy dark clouds the sun is setting, in the sun's disk sits the figure of Britannia. Behind the horse (left) is a sign-post, with the expressive hands characteristic of Gillray's sign-posts: a hand (right) in a frilled cuff points downwards "To the Valley of Anihilation"; the other hand, with upturned palm, points "from the Pinacle of Glory". Fox, who is less gross-looking than in most satires of this period, guides the animal with a rope halter, his reins are broken and trail on the ground, his stirrup is broken, moisture drips from the horse's eye and mouth; he flourishes a whip with a triple lash, saying "Aut Cromwell out Nihil - so come up Old Turnips". Puffs of smoke come from the animal's fundament inscribed "Heigh-Ho".
Fox rides with a pair of open saddle-bags in front of him from which project a money-bag inscribed "Lowis [sic] d'or", and documents: "French Commiss[ion]", "Spanish Anuity", "Settlement", "Pr Annu[ity]". The bag is inscribed "Enjoyments". A fleur-de-lys hangs from a ribbon on his waistcoat. His wide wrinkled boots are inscribed "Spanish Leather". Behind him, resting on the hind-quarters of the horse, is a basket labelled "Hopes & Expectations" containing a head of the king wearing a laurel wreath supported on a pike; on the top of the head stands a Gallic cock, decorated with a fleur-de-lys and crowing "Cock-a-doodle-doo"; a crown thrust through with a sword; a torn document is inscribed "Magna C[harta]." 3 June 1783
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Height: 242 millimetres
Width: 343 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
One of several satires in which Fox is compared to Cromwell, see BMSat 6217, 6290. See also BMSat 5979, &c, and BMSat 6271, &c. He is here supposed to be acting in the interests of France and Spain.
Grego, 'Gillray'; p. 48, where it is dated 8 June.
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