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- Object: The Monument of Broad Bottom
One of two drawings catalogued as BM Satires 10724. See also related drawing 1854,0513.319 (49 in BM album).
Two sketches, one in pen, one (rudimentary) in pencil for a caricature, the latter endorsed with a description: 'Ld Grenville lying on a bier supported by Howick & Wyndham who stand on the broad bottoms of Ld Buckingham & Temple. Above Ld St Vincent as Truth [cf. BMSat 10416], & Ld Ellenborough as justice the sword in the scale [cf. BMSat 10563]: below on the steps sit weeping Sheridan as Temperance [cf. BMSat 11214] Lauderdale as Loyalty [cf. BMSat 10738, &c] Tierney as Constancy [cf. BMSat 9844, &c.]. Romilly as Charity Erskine Humility [cf. BMSat 9246]. The Epitaph
'Here all the Virtues round this tomb are crying
When all the Talents still continue dying'
Under which the door of ye Treasury - over it 'Templa quam dilecta' [the Grenville motto, cf. BMSat 10748] - In the front on the Steps Ld H Petty blubbering in the character of simplicity. The summit of the pyramid surmounted with a Cross.' April 1803
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Height: 319 millimetres
Width: 196 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VIII, 1947)
The pen-drawing is as described with the addition of a 'Stake' (in the country) projecting vertically from the paunch of the prostrate Grenville, cf. BMSat 10721, &c. Below: 'Monument proposed to be Erected to ye memory of Broad Bottom in ye Kings Road' (cf. BMSat 10530), and (scored through) 'Subscriptions recd by J Willis MD Munro MD' (specialists in lunacy).
See BMSat 10709, &c.
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