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- Object: The Elder Women of the City, or the - Kiss my Ar-e Addressers
Satire on those members of the Corporation of London who supported the Peace of Paris and their presentation of an address at St. James's Palace on 12 May 1763. A group of aldermen approach a frame of timber draped in tartan cloth through an aperture in which emerges the naked backside of Lord Bute breaking wind; on the frame is written "Locum Tennens" (suggesting that Bute has taken the place of the king) and "Horror Gate Manners" (an allusion to his stay in Harrogate after his resignation on 9 April); a devil standing behind the structure says, "I was their Common Councillor". Two aldermen kneel before the "Posteriors of a Scot"; behind them stands another saying, "This makes lawyer Pater-Stones [John Paterson, formerly City Solicitor] words good - tis better to knel to a Bu-tefull scotchmans Arse than admire a Pitt-ifull englishmans head"; another says, "I wish we had got the [City] Marshal to have hired the Bruisers in gratitude to my Lord", a reference to Bute's hiring of pugilists as bodyguards for his appearance at the Lord Mayor's Banquet in November 1761 (see BM Satires 3817), and another carries a flag with the City arms upside down and the lettering, "No Liberty. No Property but a General Excise in Scotch Principles".
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Height: 143 millimetres (image)
Height: 170 millimetres (trimmed)
Width: 259 millimetres (image)
Width: 267 millimetres (trimmed?)
- Curator's comments
- The print was announced in the Public Advertiser, 20 May 1763.
For another satire on the same event see BM Satires 4056.
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