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- Object: The Scotch Tent, or true Contrast
Satire in the form of a transparency on the Earl of Bute and his dominance of the king in contrast to the Duke of Cumberland's loyalty, with a reference to William Hogarth. A large tartan military tent decorated with an irradiated jack-boot from which a thistle emerges; fleurs-de-lis on the border of the roof. On the left, stands Cumberland, "Emblem of England" vowing to stop "this Scotch & French scheme"; on the right, stands the Duke of Nivernois, "Emblem of the state of France", trembling in fear of Cumberland. When held to the light figures within the tent (printed on a backing sheet) are revealed: Princess Augusta and Bute express their mutual affection while George III stands beneath a petticoat implying female rule.
- Production date
- 1762 (circa)
Height: 160 millimetres (image)
Height: 189 millimetres (trimmed?)
Width: 264 millimetres (image)
Width: 291 millimetres (trimmed?)
- Curator's comments
- Ryder's Court was Mary Darly's address, "the sign of the Pannel painter in Cheapside" refers to the print shop of John Smith in Cheapside which showed Hogarth's head, and "the brazen head in Leicester Square" refers to Hogarth's house.
The print was advertised in the Public Advertiser, 7 October 1762, "This Day is published, Price 1s. A Curious Transparent Print called The Scotch Tent, or the True Contrast. Published by Mary Darly, in Rider's Court, near Leicester Fields, &c.".
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