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Object: (Nam Vos Mutastis & Illas) Ovid.
A broadside probably satirising the opponents of Sacheverell, likening them to lobsters; with an etching showing a seashore, in the foreground eight lobsters, three of them holding a file, a turtle, and a key respectively; with engraved titles and an acrostic poem in one column, the first letters spelling out the second title. (n.p.:1709)
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Height: 208 millimetres
Width: 155 millimetres
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- As Roxanne Murray has pointed out (email February, 2016) the title [Times are changing, and we change with them] comes from the second line of Ovid's 'Metamorphoses':
"In nova fert animus mutatas dicere formas
corpora; di, coeptis (nam vos mutastis et illas)
adspirate meis primaque ab origine mundi
ad mea perpetuum deducite tempora carmen!"
Stephens makes the connection with opponents of Sacheverell but does not explain his reasoning. It may be an allusion to the fact that "lobster" was a nickname for Parliamentarian soldiers in the Civil War and therefore applied to anti-Sacheverell Whigs.
The image purports to be, but is not, by Albert Flamen. The signature is a copy of his. The image derives from two engravings in his "Poissons" (see "Le Homard and L'Exercice" (see prints at location 161.a.29)
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