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- Object: The Printers' Address to the Queen, and her majesty's tribute to the press, in answer.
Printed sheet with elaborate ornament and border, a 'Specimen of the Typographic Art . . . [containing] upwards of Twenty-six Thousand pieces of metal . . . cast expressly for the purpose'. The Address (see No. 13963) and the Reply are printed in two columns. It ends: 'should the page of History record the present era as one in which overwhelming Power combined with Senatorial Venality to crush an unprotected Female, we trust it will also preserve the qualifying remembrance, that the base Conspiracy was defeated by the irresistible force of Public Opinion, directed and displayed through the powerful medium of a Free, Uncorrupted, and Incorruptible British Press.' Below it is inset a careful wood-engraving (2 3/4 x 3 5/8 in.) of the Stanhope Press (John Johnson Brook Street Holborn) where the sheet was printed, with twelve lines of verse beginning: 'From Thee, O Press! what blessings flow!' See No. 13934, &c.
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Height: 59 millimetres (wood-engraving)
Height: 460 millimetres
Width: 86 millimetres (wood-engraving)
Width: 332 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', X, 1952)
The poem is in honour of the press, starting with the line: "From Thee, O Press! what blessings flow?"
At the bottom of the letterpress columns text on the appearance of the address handed over to the Queen, and information that this border is printed with ca.26.000 moveabe pieces of metal.
For a handbill advertising this broadside, see BM 1868-8-8-13715.
For a broadside with similar "typographic art', see BM 1868-8-8-13717.
- Not on display
- Associated events
- Associated Event: Divorce Trial of Queen Caroline 1820
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