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- Object: Pizarro returning from the gold mines of Peru!
Sheridan (left), dressed as a Spanish don, in feathered hat, slashed tunic, and trunk hose, runs off to the left, his back bending under an enormous sack of guineas, which Fox (right) slashes furtively, catching the guineas in his bonnet-rouge. Behind (right) is a building with a colonnade, intended for Drury Lane Theatre, but simplified; before one side is a hoarding. Above Sheridan's head: 'I must hurry home or I shall be way laid by the Jacobin Banditti! My heart sinks and my sack seems lighter every step I go Pizarro, Pizarro, what a fortunate General thou hast been, with the aid of a single officer, the great Rolla, to have work'd such wonders!!' June 1799
Hand-coloured etching and aquatint
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Height: 247 millimetres
Width: 343 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
Sheridan's very profitable Pizarro, see BMSat 9396, &c, owed much of its popularity to the patriotic speech of Rolla, II. 11; this was reprinted during the threat of invasion (1803) as 'Sheridan's Address to the People', headed 'Our King! Our Country! And our God!' (price '1d.' or '6s.' the 100). See BMSat 9407.
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