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- Object: The Present State of Europe; A Political Farce of Four Acts, as it is now in Rehearsal, by all the Potentates, Anno Dom: MDCCLXI. Act II
Satire on the relationship between combatant nations in the Seven Years War, a sequel to BM Satires 3820; a key at top right identifies those shown. The devil draws back the curtain of the Empress Maria Theresa's tent declaring, "By her Ambition my Dominions will be Peopl'd First"; (1) the Emperor Francis Stephen while (2) Maria Theresa rises, putting on his breeches and holding a letter from general Laudon; a rosary dangles from a chamber pot beneath the bed and a box is labelled "Private Affairs"; (3) the French Monkey rides in from the right on the Spanish Fox with a letter from Louis XV congratulating the Empress on recent successes against Prussia (the cursed piper, Frederick the Great); (4) the Russian Bear brings a letter of support from Empress Elizabeth; (5) Charles Emmanuel III, Duke of Savoy and King of Sardinia, stands on top of the Alps playing a hurdy-gurdy (the traditional instrument of Savoyard street musicians), declaring that Austria will pay for "this dance", in the distance an army ascends the mountains; (6) Austrian soldiers scramble up the sheer cliff, one accidentally letting of his rifle and shooting a colleague; those who haver reached the top are dancing; on the left, (7) the "Grand Signior", Mustafa III, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, looks at Maria Theresa, "a Tit bit for my Seraglio"; (8) a Prussian reminds the Sultan that he had given her 4,000 horses for her army, "would your Highness mount your self on an Old Mare".
Etched verses below refer to Maria Theresa's marriage to Francis Stephen, Grand Duke of Tuscany; George II's support of her cause in the War of Austrian Succession; the new alliance of France and Spain; the continuing support of Russia for Austria; and a threat from Savoy. 1761
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Height: 247 millimetres
Width: 377 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The letter from the Austrian general Laudon appears to refer to his successful storming of Schweidnitz on 1 October 1761. Spain came into the war in January 1762 as an ally of Ftrance.
For the other three prints in the series, see BM Satires 3820, 3929 and 3930.
The bear, in particular, is reminiscent of the style of Jefferyes Hamett O'Neale.
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- Associated Event: Seven Years War 1756-1763
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