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- Object: The Game of Hum
Satire on Lord Bute's alleged control of the George III and the corruption of his political allies, presented as a game of cards. Bute sits on the left identified by a thistle on his chair holding the King and Queen of Hearts; the man next to him holding the Nine of Diamonds (known as the "Curse of Scotland"); another man has thrown down the Knave which lies on the table labelled "Embasadoor" (i.e. the Duke of Bedford, envoy for the peace negotiations in Paris). On the right, Lord Temple tells Pitt that his ministry was preferable; a man on the left deplores "these Wretches, theyd sell King & Country for their private Interest."
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Height: 165 millimetres (image)
Height: 195 millimetres (trimmed?)
Width: 272 millimetres (image)
Width: 281 millimetres (trimmed?)
- Curator's comments
- The print was announced in the Public Advertiser, 28 September 1762: "This Day is published, Price 6d. each, Two curious Prints, called The Humm, or, Scotch and French Gamesters; and the other the Northern Dancing Master, or the Windsor Minuet (BM Satires 3981). Published by Mary Darly at her Shop in Ryder's Court, Cranbourne Alley, and T. Ewart, at the Beehive, opposite Northumberland House in the Strand."
Stephens suggests that the design was by Townshend, but there is no reason to accept this.
- Not on display
- Associated events
- Associated Event: Seven Years War 1756-1763
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