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- Object: One more parody!!!On the frontispiece to 1st vol of Black Dwarf-
Heading to a broadside with a printed title in large letters: 'A Recipe for A Dashing Patriot!!! or an assisting Spadeful, to cover Putrescence', followed by Beugo's imprint, 'March 27, 1818'. The etched title continues: '—Drawn & Etchd'; but Cleansed of Sedition & Libel, from an Unique Print by T J Lawless [Wooler]; "least of all: the reform, such could bring us".' The satyr of No. 12982 holds a rope encircling the neck of a little Black Dwarf with Wooler's features, and an emaciated body (burlesquing the original). In place of the turban, the Dwarf wears a fool's cap decorated with pen-feathers and pulled over his eyes, as if in preparation for the hangman. In the satyr's right hand is a scroll: '"Folly of Loyalty in the Middling Classes" Vide Blk Dwarf Vol. 1st.' Above his head, etched on cloud: "O! by all means—give him rope enough, & he'll —." The Dwarf capers with right arm extended as if asking for mercy. In his left hand he holds downwards a firebrand, which is burning a document at his feet inscribed 'Poor Poor Comn Place'. Near his feet is inscribed 'Wishy Wash'.
The wig-blocks and other emblems on the left in No. 12982 are replaced by a slope leading to the summit of a precipitous rock on which sits Ellenborough, in wig and gown, resting an arm on a pedestal ornamented with fasces and lictor's axe, against which leans the sword of Justice. Burdett, as Sisiphus, tries to push up the slope a huge bundle inscribed 'Libelous Petitions from Manchester—Palace Yard Resolutions'. Near him (left) the head of Horne Tooke projects from the ground surrounded by smoke; he says: "On Sisi—on!" [parodying 'Marmion']. Burdett calls out: "Come down—do come down." Ellenborough answers: "No Sisiphus, another 150 Trials first"; above his head, and in the upper left corner of the design, is a circle enclosed by a serpent (symbol of eternity) inscribed: 'Wellington. Portugal Spain Pyrenees & Waterloo.' It is wreathed in palm and olive and topped by the Prince of Wales's feathers.
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Height: 155 millimetres
Width: 230 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
A satire on Wooler's paper and on the many petitions for Reform presented by Burdett. For Horne Tooke (1736-1812) as his mentor see No. 10731, &c. An article on 'The Folly of the Middle Classes In supporting the present System' appeared in the 'Black Dwarf', 12 Feb. 1817, arguing that they were being ruined by taxation, while having to support increasing millions of paupers, under a system by which 'all the wealth of the country would be entirely transferred to the ministers of the crown or the directors of the Bank'. Print and broadside, which have little relation to each other, were probably also published separately. The title of the former relates to Hone's parodies, see No. 12899.
Reid, No. 770. Cohn, No. 1889.
Also a coloured impression without the broadside.
This is print is the image of letterpress print number 1808. 0808,12871
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