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- Object: Upright Billy alias Orator Humbug.
Pitt stands in profile to the right on the edge of a platform addressing men who stand below on the extreme right, handing up to him addresses from various towns. Behind him on the platform is a deputation from the City Committee which raised money for a gift to Pitt on his expected retirement. Pitt stands stiffly erect, his left hand on his breast, his right behind his back to take secretly a money-bag labelled '50,000' which is about to be put into it. He says: "My Friends and Countrymen I would have You Consider what obligations you are under to me and Address me I charge you. Have not I superseded Those gallant Sailors who fought your Battles on the Glorious twelfth of April? Have not I distroyed your Rights by the Westminster Scrutiny; Have not I indulged you with a Shop Tax ? Have not I tax'd the Light of Heaven, and Struggled for the Sovereignty with your Rightfull Prince ? and after all, I scorn to accept Reward. But address me, I charge you, address me, Extoll my disinterestedness, my Soberness, my Chastety; and make yourselves immortal by imitating in all things my most Loyal City of London'. Behind Pitt stands Bishop Pretyman, wearing a tall mitre; he takes Watson by the arm, directing him to place his money-bag in Pitt's avid Angers. Watson advances, 'chapeau-bras' and holding a tasselled cane, his wooden leg extended. He asks: "Pray my Lord do you think I may venture". Pretyman answers: "O Mr Alderman don't be affraid of your other Leg, put out tfte Purse and he'll snap at it. - My Pupil is only lying a little to the Country Gentlemen, and then he'll condescend to see you down stairs". Among the 'country gentlemen' four hold out papers, three inscribed 'Address', to two of which (in the coloured impression) have been added in ink 'Cambridge' and 'Edinbrugh'. One of them holds out his hat as if asking for money, implying that the addresses were procured by the Treasury.
Behind Watson, the head of the deputation, stands Wilkes in court dress; he pushes Watson forward and holds in his right hand strings attached to Watson's nose and to the noses of a group of stupid-looking aldermen in furred gowns who stand on the extreme left, carrying on a pole a placard inscribed 'City Committee'. He says to Watson, "I have led my Rascals where they are pepperd, [Cant term for infected venereal disease. Grose, Dict. ulgar Tongue, 1796.] but they'll fill a Pitt as well as better Men. Make a Leg Brother Alderman". Beneath the design is etched:
'Fee Fa Fum
I smell the Cash of the City - Mum!' 30 December 1788
Etching with use of the rocker
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Height: 377 millimetres
Width: 508 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
One of many satires on the Regency crisis, see BMSat 7377, &c. For the subscription to Pitt cf. BMSat 7474. The Opposition thesis that Pitt was aiming at supreme power was belied by the fact that he was preparing to return to the Bar. The subscription raised for him among bankers and leading citizens was at first fixed at £50,000, but within forty-eight hours the amount was doubled. Subscription-lists and notices of the many addresses of thanks to Pitt for his attitude to the Regency appeared in the newspapers (see BMSat 7480, &c). The gift was refused by Pitt. Stanhope, 'Life of Pitt', 1879, i. 332. Similar in character to BMSats 7388, 7389, 7393, 7481, 7485 by the same artist. For Pitt as the Prince's competitor see also BMSat 7382, &c; for other allegations against Pitt, BMSat 7389; for the twelfth of April, BMSat 5991; for naval promotions, BMSat 7126, &c. For the City Address, see BMSat 7393.
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