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- Object: The Asses of Great Britain
Satire on Lord Bute in the form of a reply to Henry Howard's bawdy ballad, "The Queen's Ass" (BM Satires 3870): the zebra kicks Howard, who has fallen to the ground, behind him a group of men comprising John Fielding, the three Cherokee chiefs who visited London in 1762, and another who may be identified as the man referred to in the verse below as "M-re [who] sally'd forth the fair Sex to relieve"; on the right, Bute, dressed in tartan and wearing a boot, riding a tamed British Lion; a Jewish stockbroker in the stocks; and George Whitfield looking into a mirror which reflects the image of an ass. In the background Charles Churchill, wielding a stick, chases off Bute's supporters, the journalists Arthur Murphy and Tobias Smollett, who raise their hands in surprise. Engraved inscriptions, title and verses in two columns by "Fartinando", to be sung to the tune of "The Ass in the Chaplet". (London, Williams: 1762)
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Height: 301 millimetres
Width: 202 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- For Henry Howard's broadside "The Queen's Ass", see BM Satires 3870.
The print was advertised on "The Posts" (BM Satires 3944), 7 September 1762: "J. Williams Bookseller next the Mitre Tavern Fleet Street, of whom may be had the Asses of G-t Bri-n the Laird of the Boot - Without & Within & the fall of Mortimer" (BM Satires 3941, 3988, 3877 and 3966), and on "The Rum Letter ..." (BM Satires 3901), also by J. Williams.
The names "J. Jones" and "David Jones" appear as designers, draughtsmen and printmakers on political prints published by J. Williams in Fleet Street, London in 1762. They are assumed to refer to the same person identified by Andrew Edmunds as John Jones (personal communication, August 2015)
The lion bears some resemblance to those designed by Jefferyes Hamett O'Neale for the Ladies Amusement (first published by Sayer in 1760), especially plate 108, and was perhaps copied from his work.
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