- Museum number
- Object: The Places (being a Sequel to the Posts) a Political Pasquinade
Satire on alleged political corruption during the premiership of Lord Bute in six compartments each with a title, presumably reduced versions of ten larger prints (none which are in the British Museum collection): "Places of Honour"; "Places of Profit" (sub-divided into four scenes, "A Treasury Board", "A Pay Office", "An Admiralty Board", and "Gentlemen of his Majestys Band of Pensioners"); "A Safe Place"; "A Snug Place"; "A Miserable Cold Place"; "A Warm Place - Hell". At top left, a group of disabled soldiers stand beside a road, another sits in the stocks labelled "A reward for past services", watched by a parish beadle, while a procession of carts with flags signifying British victories in the Seven Years War carries prisoners towards a gallows; a gentleman in a long wig presides over the Treasury board consisting of five Scots seated at a table covered with empty money bags, an empty chest liying on the floor; two sailors are turned away at the Pay Office while Henry Fox converses with venal politicians; Lord Sandwich, holding his cricket bat, presides over the Admiralty board whose members are asleep in their chairs; seven recipients of government pensions present themselves, among them 'M.', Arthur Murphy (?), 'Orator S', Tobias Smollett, 'H', William Hogarth at his easel wearing a fool's cap, his dog at his feet, 'P.W.', Paul Whitehead, deputy wardrobe keeper to the king, standing beside a coat on a stand; Wilkes is in a cell at the Tower of London ("A Safe Place") holding a whip and the cap of liberty lettered "Habeas Corpus", guarded by a yeoman warder as he is attacked by four dogs and a lion chained to a pillar lettered "Magna Charta"; a couple (Bute and Princess Augusta) are engaged in sexual intercourse in a curtained bed in a grand chamber ("A Snug Place"), their clothes littering the room and a dog sniffing at Bute's breeches; a thin cook and two scullions in a miserably bare kitchen appeal to the niggardly Lord Talbot, Lord Steward of the Household, the north wind blows on them and a desperate clergyman prays while a dog begs from a Scotsman who is eating from a bowl and rats attack Talbot; the devil drives Bute, Fox, Mansfield and three other men into the gaping jaws of Hell.
Etching and engraving
- Production date
- 1763 (circa)
Height: 241 millimetres (trimmed?)
Width: 378 millimetres (trimmed?)
- Curator's comments
- For "The Posts", see BM Satires 3944.
Bamber Gascoigne, or Gascoyne, took a seat on the Board of Trade in April 1763 after Bute's resignation, having refused the offer of a place from Bute a year earlier.
The print was referred to in an advertisement for "Marforio of Rome's Compliments to his Friends of both Parties of England" in the Public Advertiser, 23 June 1763.
The animals in "A Safe Place" are suggestive of the style of Jefferyes Hamett O'Neale and the original print may be at least partly based on his work.
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