- Museum number
Object: The Seizure or give the Devil his due
Series: The Opposition
Two-part satire on the resignation of Lord Bute, April 1763. On the left is a scene of execution, headed "Excise", with Bute, identified by his plaid waistcoat, hanging from an apple tree (referring to the Cider Bill), a devil sitting on the branch above him wears a large boot (a pun on Bute) on one leg, the other ending in a claw; two men below exult. In the centre a man (evidently another representation of Bute as he wears a large boot on one leg and on the other leg wears a garter lettered "Honi ..." as in the scene on the right) lies across a fire while another pumps a pair of bellows to fan the flames; three farmers standing behind the fire and another to the right rejoice at Bute's downfall. On the right, another devil reciting the proverb, "Harm watch, Harm catch", one leg ending in a hammer, sits on top of a gallows from which hangs a fox (Henry Fox) wighted down by money bags tied around his neck. On the right is a scene set in a grand interior, headed "Resignation, in which Princess Augusta sprawls weeping in a chair her breasts partly exposed while a devil delves into Bute's breeches as he drags him through a door through which flames and smoke can be seen, the Duke of Cumberland brandishes a sword in his right hand and pushes Bute with his left; he is encouraged by a nephew, Edward, Duke of York, at lower right, a lusty goat, one of whose hands is a claw, looks on with pleasure.
- Production date
- 1763 (circa)
Height: 185 millimetres (each image)
Height: 226 millimetres (trimmed?)
Width: 171 millimetres (each image)
Width: 363 millimetres (trimmed?)
- Curator's comments
- The devils and some of the facial types (especially that of the man with a stick on the extreme left) are close to those in prints designed by Jefferyes Hamett O'Neale; although the prints are clearly etched by different hands, the figure of Princess Augusta is reminiscent of Britannia in BM Satires 4091, and the devils in both prints are similar.
- Not on display
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