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- Object: A political academy.
Ministers execute a high jump on the stage of a theatre under the direction of a dwarf who stands on a high platform to which a ladder gives access. The scene is viewed from the back of the stage, which probably resembles that of Astley's Amphitheatre; behind a parapet are several rows of spectators. On the right, above the stage, is the royal box in which the King and Queen are seated; two ladies and two gentlemen stand behind them. A stout lady and two men in court-dress watch the performance from the back of the stage beneath the box. There are three jumps becoming progressively higher from left to right. Pitt, in leaping the highest, falls headlong to the ground. Behind him Thurlow, in his Chancellor's robes and holding the mace in both hands, soars triumphantly above the second. The Duke of Richmond (left) runs towards the lowest jump. The edge of a draped stage-curtain forms the upper part of the design. Beneath it are inscriptions on three placards forming a species of triptych; in the centre :
'Rules and Orders.
1 No gentleman to attempt the prime ministers leap, except he promises to
introduce a general Excise.
2d No gentleman to attempt the Lord Chancellors leap - except he can swear
with a good grace
3d No gentleman to attemt the Master of the Ordinance's leap except he dis-
pises the Navy and hates the smell of gunpowder.
4 No gentleman to leap without Breeches except from the North
5 No gentleman to kick another on the Breech whilst leaping.
6 Should any gentleman from the East wish to attempt a leap it is requird that he should possess a great number of Diamonds!'
On the left is inscribed :
'The Sieur Jablanouski takes this Public method to express his Thanks to the E. of Ch--t--Id for haveing introduced the Saltatorian Art into the Ancient Kingdom of Utopia.'
On the right is inscribed :
'It haveing been found impossible to convince a certain number of gentlemen distinguish'd by their attachment to the Heir apparent to the Crown of Utopia of the Efficacy & absolute Necessity of the Sieur instructions, thay are on that account to be for ever excluded from this Academy.'
Beneath the title is etched:
'The Sieur Jablanouski, just arrived from Lilliput, where he has had the honour to instruct the Prime M-----, the Lord High C------, and all the first Political Characters of that truly great and renowned Empire - now offers his service to the Nobility and others who are desirous of distinguishing themselves at the illustrious Court of Utopia. - It has long been the mistaken notion at this Court, that Virtue, highly cultivated Understanding, Integrity, and Honour, were the proper requisites for Gentlemen who wished to become Ministers, Chancellors, Secretaries of S------, &c &c. - The Sieur Jablanouski, therefore, from well authenticated facts, undertakes to prove, that none of the above qualities are at all necessary; and that if Gentlemen Candidates are only endow'd with a moderate pliability of the back bone! he will assure them that a very little practice in the method which he teaches, will enable them to vault into Pensions, Places, and Preferments, over the heads of all other Candidates who puzzle their brains for the good of the state in the old way.' 3 September 1789
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Height: 328 millimetres
Width: 385 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
A comprehensive attack on the Ministry: for their attitude to the Regency, see BMSat 7377, &c; for Pitt's transference of the duty on tobacco from customs to excise, see BMSat 7545, &c.; for Richmond's plan of fortifications, see BMSat 6921, &c, and supposed cowardice, see BMSat 7533, &c.; for the alleged corrupt support of Warren Hastings, see BMSat 6966, &c. For Thurlow's oaths cf. BMSat 7320. A parody of the advertisements of Boruwlaski, the Polish Dwarf, see BMSat 7065.
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