- Museum number
- Object: The Scotch Hurdy Gurdy or the Musical Boot
Satire on the alleged sexual relationship between Princess Augusta and Lord Bute, dressed in tartan, who are together playing a large lute composed of a boot with strings labelled "England/Ireland/Scotland/France"; they encourage each other to "Keep on shoving"; Bute promises to "make the south Gentry dance a Butenata". Six lines of verse beneath allude to Bute's "lust of Power" which will lead to his downfall.
- Production date
- 1762 (circa)
Height: 197 millimetres
Width: 287 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The "lute" and the name of the suggested designer of the print allude to David Riccio, musician and alleged lover of Mary Queen of Scots.
An announcement in the Public Advertiser, 27 October 1762 read: The Drawing signed D. Rhezzio is in Hand, and will be published this Morning, with the Alterations required. (transcribed by Tim Clayton)
Stephens's attribution to George Townshend is no longer accepted.
- Not on display
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