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- Object: The heroes of the times
Satire on Lord Bute's Excise Bill; a dragon personifying the Bill and wearing a Scots bonnet clutches Magna Carta; Wilkes, dressed as a militia officer and aiming a sword at the creature's head, grasps the scroll; Churchill aims long-barrelled gun at it. Newcastle and Temple stand behind. On the left, the British lion rushes in encouraged by the Dukes of Cumberland and York; Pitt beseeches the aid of Minerva, flying above, and Britannia stands anxiously behind Cumberland. Bute's supporters Tobias Smollett and Arthur Murphy have been thrown to the ground, while Bute himself slips away with a Frenchman and a Spaniard, and Henry Fox (a fox) at his heels. Lord Mansfield and the Duke of Bedford appear in the sky as grotesque figures of Spite and Envy squirting poison from a huge syringe; Mansfield wears lawyers bands, a Scots bonnet and plaid and large horns, one leg is that of a goat the other ends in a large claw; Bedford is portrayed as a monkey wearing stays, two fans as wings, a large boot and a spike on the other leg; Minerva flies in to repel them. 1763
Etching with engraved lettering
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Height: 255 millimetres (cropped)
Width: 361 millimetres (cropped)
- Curator's comments
- The facial features, devils, the lion, and the snarling monster are all characteristic of O'Neale's work.
Stephens notes that the title of the reduced copy in "The Scots Scourge", no. 24 is given as "A View of the Present Crisis ..."; this surtitle was added in manuscript to the present print by Hawkins.
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- Exhibition history
2010 28 April-4 May, London, Royal Academy, London Original Print Fair
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