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- Object: New London cries or all the talents making themselves useful!
A sheet of ten designs, arranged in two rows, similar in form to the traditional single-figure sheets of 'Cries of London'. Members of the fallen Ministry (see BMSat 10709, &c.) are depicted as street-sellers crying their wares, their words etched above the design. (I) Grenville hurries (l. to r.) along a pavement with a sack over his shoulder, and his own bulky breeches under his right. arm. His shirt flutters under his coat: 'Old Cloaths to sell! Old Cloaths! who wants a pair of Broad Bottom Breeches almost as good as New' [cf. BMSat 10530]. (2) Howick (Grey) strides along in naval uniform, carrying in each hand a steaming, covered cauldron: 'Hot grey peas - all hot - also Blunder-head Dumplins and a few dispensations from the Pope to be disposed of.' (3) Petty, poised on the toes of his pointed Hessians as if dancing (cf. BMSat 10589), holds out papers closely covered with figures; from his coat-pocket issue 'Country Dances for the Year 1807'. He shouts: "Who wants any petty calculations fit for any young Man just setting up in business - NB the newest steps of the most fashionable Dances taught on moderate terms" [for Petty's calculations see BMSat 10701, &c.], (4) Windham stands with a basket of 'Candle ends' on his head and one labelled 'Cheese Parings' in his right. hand. From the former hangs a paper headed 'Training Act' [see BMSat 10596]. He cries: "Candle Ends and Cheese parings wholesale and Retail" [see BMSat 9735, &c, and for government supplies at retail prices cf BMSat 10538]. (5) Moira in military uniform, wearing cocked hat, boots, sash, and long sword, stands full face, like a recruiting sergeant, r. hand on his hip, l. holding a pike: "Wh'oll enter into the drum'd out Broad Bottom'd Regiment all the Talents of the Country combind together [cf. BMSat 10527], Now is the time my Boys or never." (6) Erskine in his Chancellor's gown, but wearing a night-cap inscribed '£4000 Pr Anm' [cf. BMSat 10714], holds out his long Chancellor's wig; under his right. arm is a pile of enormous briefs, with a legal wig: 'Several Old Wigs and briefs to be disposed of - the genuine property of my Lord Ego retiring from business' [see BMSat 9246]. (7) Bedford, dressed as a country gentleman and in top-boots, holds under one arm a cylindrical valise labelled 'Irish Bulls' unfastened to disclose the horns of cattle; under the other is a huge volume, 'Encyclopedia of Experience'. He cries: "Irish Bulls, and a large Stock of experience Just imported" [cf. BMSat 10719]. (8) Whitbread, dressed as a drayman in sleeved waistcoat, leather apron, and gaiters, a spotted handkerchief round his neck, rolls a cask of 'Whitbreads Brown Stout' from left. to r. and towards the spectator. Liquor gushes from the open bung-hole perhaps unknown to the owner, the bung having fallen to the pavement: 'Whitbreads real Brown Stout, in large or small quantities, the present proprietor leaving off Brewing'. (9) Sidmouth walks (r. to left.) holding out a bottle labelled 'Cordial for bad Consciences'. Under his left. arm is a 'Medecin[e] Chest', and in his hand a clyster-pipe (cf. BMSat 9849). (10) Sheridan, wearing a hat and tattered shirt, his toes projecting through Hessians of fashionable cut, slouches along, holding out his Harlequin's suit and wooden sword (cf. BMSat 9916): 'Will any body buy an Old Harlequins Jacket - very cheap - for ready money only' [cf. BMSat 10714]. After the title: 'Intented [sic] as a Frontispiece to the Satirical Poem of all the Talents'. May 1807
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Height: 348 millimetres
Width: 485 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VIII, 1947)
For 'All the Talents' see BMSat 10720. There is little direct relation between print and verses where the ex-Ministers, except 'noble Gr-nv-lle', are satirized. Petty is ridiculed for his dancing (e.g.):
'At balls he capers and at senates plods;
A dancing Chancellor by all the Gods!!!'
For unemployed politicians as street-traders cf. BMSat 6994 (1786).
Upper row (1-5) 6 3/16 x c. 3 5/8 in. Lower row (6-10) 5 7/8 x c. 3 5/8 in. Whole design. 12 1/2 x 18 5/8 in. The pl. is sometimes cut, the individual figures appearing as separate prints.
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