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- Object: The Bagshot Frolick, or the Pot-lid & the Ink horn
Satire on the duel between John Wilkes and Lord Talbot fought on 6 October 1762 after Wilkes's mockery of Talbot in his journal, the North Briton, No.XXI. Talbot and Wilkes confront each other across a "Fire Screen", Talbot holding a pot-lid and a spit and Wilkes an inkhorn and quill pen; he threatens Talbot "I'l knock you down with a feather"; at his feet is a "letter to parson surly of Winchester" (a reference to correspondence between Wilkes and Dr Burton, headmaster of Winchester College concerning a son of Lord Bute). Wilkes's second, Charles Churchill, holds the North Briton and Talbot's second, Tobias Smollett, dressed in tartan, holds the Briton and the Auditor and promises to "lie like any Maubert", a reference to the notorious French journalist.
- Production date
- 1762 (circa)
Height: 131 millimetres (image)
Height: 191 millimetres (trimmed?)
Width: 273 millimetres (image)
Width: 283 millimetres (trimmed?)
- Curator's comments
- The print was advertised in the Public Advertiser, 27 October 1762: This Day is published. Price 6d. each. Two Curious Caricatures in the North-Briton stile, one called The Bagshot Frolic, or the Pot-lid and Ink-Horn, and the other the Boot and the Blockhead (BM Satires 3976]; being the most pleasing Pasquinade ever published since the advancement of Caledonian Power"
Stephens attributes the print to George Townshend, but this is no longer considered likely.
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