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Object: King Harry the IXth, Teaching L--d C------t his Political Alphabet
Object: A New Court Lesson
A broadside satirising the relationship between Henry Pelham, leader of the House of Commons and from August 1743 first Lord of the Treasury, and John Carteret, secretary of state for the north, with two woodcuts showing one man each, both lifting their arms; and with letterpress titles and verses in one column complaining of British subsidies to Hanover and referring to other threats to Britain, including Jacobite invasion, the Earl of Stair, field marshal who was reportedly disinclined to fight, and the king's German mistress, the Countess of Yarmouth.
Woodcut and letterpress
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Height: 316 millimetres (printed area)
Height: 79 millimetres (woodcut area)
Height: 77 millimetres (woodcut, left)
Height: 79 millimetres (woodcut, right)
Width: 160 millimetres (printed area)
Width: 142 millimetres (woodcut area)
Width: 39 millimetres (woodcut, left)
Width: 35 millimetres (woodcut, right)
- Curator's comments
- The broadside must date from after Robert Walpole's fall in 1742 (he is described in the past tense), but probably before his death in 1745; "William, that Prince renown'd" must refer to the Duke of Cumberland who came to fame at the battle of Dettingen in June, 1743.
The two woodcuts originate from one block, and it is not possible to establish whether they were printed as two fragments, or as one block with the centre part blocked out.
Stephens identifies "Henry IX" as Henry Benedict Stuart, the younger son of the Old Pretender (1725-1807), but Henry Pelham is far more likely as the subject for these verses.
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- Associated Event: War of Austrian Succession 1740-1748
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