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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: MDCCLXII
Act III. Satire on the relationship between combatant nations in the Seven Years War. 1. Louis XV, King of France, steps onto the corner of a map of the Austrian Low Countries lying on the ground, his left hand on his heart and with his right hand taking hold of the hem of the gown of 2. Empress Maria Theresa. She stands astride the map holding her skirts wide. He assures her he has always been a standing friend to the ladies, she answers her ally by thanking him for his offers but warns him not to let his hand creep too far into her low countries. Overhead 3. the journalist Maubert hangs by the neck from a bar projecting from De Hopital for de Reception of de Politicians Dat be made de Mad vid Dare Vain Politics. Maubert holds a quill pen and a scroll detailing his erroneous comparison of the strengths of the French and Spanish navies with the English fleet. Two other large scrolls, one labelled Brussels Gazett, hang either side of him with lengthy quotations from his writings. 4. Fredrick II, King of Prussia, approaches a large side window of the hospital inside which are 5. Augustus III, King of Poland and Elector of Saxony, and 6. his minister Count Bruhl dressed as lunatics. Fredrick stands on a map of Saxony, which had been overrun by his troops, and expresses sympathy for the two madmen saying "Pity awhile withholds the Sword of Justice". Augustus in response says that he himself is the Monarch that now commands and Bruhl, whose collection of porcelain was famous, adds that he is the true Machievel of the age and holds a scroll setting out his plans to fortify Dresden with invulnerable China.
Nieuport and Ostend can be seen on the horizon of a watery landscape on the left. Six columns of etched verses below. 1762
Etching and engraving
- Production date
- 1762 (circa)
Height: 253 millimetres (trimmed)
Width: 378 millimetres (trimmed)
- Curator's comments
- The print was announced in the Public Advertiser, 15 March 1762.
For the other three prints in the series, see BM Satires 3820, 3821 and 3930.
It is attributed to O'Neale on stylistic grounds.
- Not on display
- Associated events
- Used at: Seven Years War 1756-1763
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