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- Object: General Blackbeard wounded at the Battle of Leadenhall
A design similar in subject and treatment to 'The Banditti' (BMSat 6281). Fox (General Blackbeard) lies on the ground, surrounded by his followers. He is supported by Keppel, who gazes at him with a melancholy expression. Burke, in a monkish robe, kneels beside him holding a glass of some restorative. Four men lean anxiously towards him from the right: North, very large and fat, appears to be collapsing from distress and is supported by Portland, wearing a ducal coronet; Sheridan, with a satyr's beard and profile, kneels in front of Fox, his hands clasped; he wears oriental robes, a laurel wreath, and a sabre inscribed 'Satire'. Lord John Cavendish stands behind him, stretching out an arm towards Fox; he wears Turkish trousers, and a fur-trimmed tunic over his coat.
The head of a young man with curly hair looks over North's shoulder; he may be holding the standard which waves over Portland's head, the apex of a pyramidal composition. This flag bears the arms of the Coalition: a medallion with the cypher 'F N', supported by a fox (left) and a badger (right); a face or crest surmounting the medallion represents the features of Fox and North combined as in 'The Mask' (BMSat 6234) but without a dividing line. The motto is 'Vox Populi'.
Behind Fox (left) is Perdita Robinson, bending over him and holding a smelling-bottle to his nose; her right arm is held out behind her towards the Prince of Wales (left) who kneels, kissing her hand, which he holds in both his. Three ostrich feathers in his hat stress his identity. A setting sun (left), in which is a fox's head, is partly obscured by a mass of cloud. 5 January 1784
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Height: 255 millimetres
Width: 337 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
'The Battle of Leadenhall' is the contest over Fox's India Bill, cf. BMSat 6286, &c. Perdita continued to be associated in the public mind with the Prince of Wales, though the liaison had ended; for her association with Fox see BMSat 6117, &c.
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