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Object: Britannia Excisa
Object: Britannia Excisa. Part II.
Object: Excise Congress.
A broadside satirising Robert Walpole and the excise scheme, with three woodcuts. At the top is a version of the woodcut described under BM Satires 1936 showing Walpole in a chaise pulled by a many-headed monster (the Excise scheme). In the middle, the monster has been speared by one of an angry mob, some of whom carry cudgels and flags with the names of opposition journals, "Craftsman" and "Fogg [Weekly Journal]", another carries a paper lettered, "No Additional Excise"; the chaise has been overturned and a devil has jumped on to it; the banners on the building now say "No Cockets" asnd "No Permits". At the bottom, a mob has lit a bonfire beside the equestrian statue of Charles I at Charing Cross into which they throw pro-Walpole journals, "[Daily] Courant", "London Journal", and "Free Briton" as well as papers lettered "Occasional Financ[i]er" referring to a writer in the Courant, "Letter Writer", "Permits" and Cockets". Cut inscriptions, and with letterpress titles and text of three ballads in four columns. 1733
Woodcut and letterpress
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Height: 91 millimetres (bottom woodcut)
Height: 92 millimetres (middle woodcut)
Height: 459 millimetres (printed area)
Height: 113 millimetres (top woodcut)
Width: 153 millimetres
Width: 157 millimetres
Width: 315 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The three ballads are those that appear in BM Satires 1936 ("Britannia Excisa", and its second part) and BM Satires 1937 ("The Congress of Excise Asses").
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1999/2000 Dec-Apr, London, BM, 'The Apocalypse', no.6
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