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- Object: The generae of patriotism,-or-the Bloomsbury farmer, planting Bedfordshire wheat.
The Duke of Bedford, a stalwart, handsome and smiling farmer, strides (left to right) across a newly ploughed field, scattering guineas from a pouch slung to his shoulder; on his back is a large sack inscribed '£'. As he sows the tips of bonnets-rouges and daggers sprout up; behind him (left) they progressively emerge more completely, and appear as little Jacobins, a raised dagger in each hand, crowding in close ranks towards the horizon, where they hail (or are smitten by) thunderbolts which dart from clouds in the upper left corner of the design and explode on reaching the ground. The soil is prepared by Fox, Sheridan, and Lauderdale: Fox's smiling face is the centre of a sun which issues from clouds and shines on Bedford. A bull (John Bull) is harnessed to a plough which is guided by Sheridan wearing a bonnet-rouge. Lauderdale (bare-headed) raises a whip to flog the weary bull. 3 February 1796
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Height: 249 millimetres
Width: 351 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
Bedford was an ardent supporter of Fox, see BMSat 8684, and a friend of Lauderdale; for his lavish expenditure for party purposes cf. BMSat 8786. He was a great agriculturist, an original member of the Board of Agriculture (1793). Cf. BMSat 8648.
Grego, 'Gillray', p. 200. Wright and Evans, No. 147. Reprinted, 'G.W.G.', 1830.
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