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North rides on a bull which has been damaging prominent members of the Opposition. In front of the bull stands Charles Fox, with a fox's head, a large rent in his left sleeve, saying, Here end the hopes of me and the Jews. He is supporting on his shoulders a young man, probably the Prince of Wales, who holds up both hands, saying Borias thou hast blasted all my attemps at the Crown. From North's mouth a blast of air is directed towards a signboard, on which is a royal crown, blowing it sideways so that it is out of reach of the young man on Fox's shoulders. Astride the pole on which the board hangs sits a sailor, waving his hat and saying "D------n my eyes Huza Boreas and John Bull have don for them". The bull is kicking violently; under him lie three prostrate figures, representing France, his coat decorated with fleur-de-lys, Spain, in slashed doublet, and America, holding in his hand a flag on which is the number 13, for the thirteen colonies. A man with a bow from which he has just shot an arrow, falls backwards, having first received a fatal kick from the bull's hind leg; he is saying "I die d[amnatio]n stares me in the face". He sinks back into the arms of two men in clerical gowns;
one says, "Dam------n is a Jest, the soul is not immortal"; the other says, "natural moral religeous and civil liberty authorizes the murder of a minister thou hast nought to fear". The devil standing beside them says, "Trusty servants support my faithful Malagrida", showing that the wounded man is Lord Shelburne. His two supporters are evidently Dr. Richard Price and Dr. Priestley, friends of Shelburne and of each other. Price's 'Observations on Civil Liberty . . .', 1776 had encouraged the American Declaration of Independence. Both men were Unitarians, and Priestley called himself a materialist. A one-eyed dog, his collar inscribed "Poliph[emus]" stands by, saying "then my Jewel its all over I should have worried him if you had got him down". On the left is a group walking or running from left to right: the foremost, looking through a lorgnette, says "Arrah make haste or we shall not be in at the Death"; from his pocket projects a paper inscribed "Junius"; evidently Burke, believed by many of his contemporaries to be the author of the 'Letters of Junius'. He holds a rope attached to the nose of the man behind him, probably Lord Rockingham, who is saying "Teague and ambition will be my downfall"; he is about to stumble across a block inscribed "Stumbling Blo[ck] of Ambition". Behind is partly visible an aged and emaciated woman, partly naked, perhaps representing Famine, she appears to be urging on Burke with a stick, probably an allusion to his 'Plan of Economical Reform', see BMSat 5657. A man running forward and blowing a horn inscribed "Horn of Rebellion" is faintly sketched. 27 February 1780
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Height: 206 millimetres
Width: 327 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
Perhaps intended as an answer to BMSat 5640. At this time the activities of County Associations and Committees for reform and a change of the Government were giving rise to fears of civil war, see BMSat 5638, 5640, &c.
The first allusion in the Catalogue to the association of the Prince of Wales with Fox and the Opposition, cf. BMSat 5700.
One of the few satires attacking the Opposition, cf. BMSat 5334, 5650, 5665, 5829.
Dorothy George plausibly suggests that the name of the publisher 'W.Macintosh' is a pseudonym; he is otherwise unknown.
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