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- Object: The late bombardment of Government Castle
A companion print to BMSat 5986 by the same artist. The late ministers and the new Ministry spitting cannon-balls at each other, the former from a partly ruined castle flying a flag with a St. George's Cross. The heads are poorly characterized and few can be identified with certainty. 'Government Castle' (right) stands on the edge of a ravine into which part of it has disappeared, its door being cut vertically in half, only the right half remaining. Three heads look from the top of the tower, five emerge from lower apertures. Immediately over the door the head of the king appears, he has not ejected a cannon-ball but is saying, "My Lords and Gentlemen remember Kingdoms fall by discord". A man (right) wearing the large wig of the Speaker (Cornwall) says "To order, to order". From the mouths of the others come blasts, each connected by a dotted line with a cannon-ball to which is attached a label or streamer on which the words of the speakers are inscribed. These say: "You plague us more than Congress" (? North); "You are enemies to both Church and Castle" (this is probably from Markham, Archbishop of York, he wears a clerical wig and bands); "You expose all our plans to the enemy"; "You want our heads to get into our places"; "Our plans were good tho' unsuccessful" (Germain); "Destruction to Patriots".
The late Opposition stand below and on the right spitting out similar balls, some of which are about to descend on the heads of the defenders of the castle. A crowd of spectators stand behind them on the extreme right in two groups: three members of the group in the foreground say, "Success Boys to the Bombardment"; "Give them no Cessation" and "The Fox Bomb for ever". The other group is better dressed and is inscribed "Expecting promotion", the foremost of these is saying, "They will certainly soon surrender".
The words attached to the balls bombarding the castle are: "How much Specie have you got left?" (The speaker is probably Fox.) A man dressed as a military officer (Conway) is saying "Treat speedily with America" (a reference to Conway's famous resolutions of 22 Feb. for treating with America, and of 27 Feb. declaring its subjugation impossible, see BMSat 5963. "You have brought us to a State of Bankruptcy" (the speaker resembles Dunning). "No Landman ought to preside at the Admiralty" (the speaker appears to be Keppel). Burke (wearing spectacles) says "the war hath cost 100000000£"; "You have lost us America"; "You err both in law and policy". A man turns aside, holding a handkerchief to his face, saying "This is hot work for both parties". 1 May 1782
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Height: 295 millimetres
Width: 376 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
This was out of date when published as North announced his resignation on 20 Mar. and the new Ministry was formed by 30 Mar. See BMSat 5963.
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