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- Object: William the conqueror,. Or the game cock of Guildhall.
A game-cock, with the head of William Hone, stands directed to the right, wings extended, the left claw resting on a small rectangular block inscribed 'Trial by Jury'. The two black and bewigged birds he has conquered lie on their backs on each side of him. One (left) has the head of Ellenborough; the other, Shepherd (right), with a bird's beak and eye, clasps an ear-trumpet. Hone's right claw rests on Ellenborough, whose cheek is being punctured by the spur; the judge frowns fiercely at his enemy. By the prostrate birds lie white feathers, the sign of a cross-bred game-cock (cf. No. 12613). Beside Shepherd is a paper (a song) headed 'Gentle Shepard [sic] I have lost.' Above Hone: 'Cock a doodle doo!!!'
10 January 1818.
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Height: 222 millimetres
Width: 314 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
For Hone's trials before Ellenborough see No. 12899, &c. They took place after term in Guildhall.
There is a second state, not in B.M., with the imprint of Wm. Hone, Ludgate Hill.
Reid, No. 2738. Cohn, No. 2106.
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