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- Object: "And Adam had power over all the beasts of the earth"
A burlesque representation of the duel between William Adam and C. J. Fox on 29 Nov. 1779. Adam (right) dressed as a Highland chieftain, in tartan, with a very short kilt, a target on his left arm, fires a pistol at Fox, who holds out both his arms and leans back as if wounded, his pistol falling to the ground. Fox has a fox's head and a brush. Adam's second, a fat man (Humberston), stands full face with clasped hands, not watching the contest. That of Fox (left), who is thin (Fitzgerald), holds up his hands in alarm and appears about to intervene. 9 January 1780
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Height: 175 millimetres
Width: 242 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
For this duel see BMSat 5575 and cf. a lampoon by "A.B": "Paradise Regain'd; or the Battle of Adam and the Fox. An heroick Poem." (B.M.L. 163, m. 21.)
The duel between Lord Shelburne and Fullarton, on 22 Mar. 1780, was attributed to the same motive and increased the unpopularity of the Government, see BMSat 5659.
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