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- Object: Banco to the knave.
Members of the old and new Ministry seated and standing round a large card-table. Coins, cards and bank-notes lie on the table; two rectangular wells sunk in the centre are full of coins. In the centre of the farther side of the table sits Lord North throwing his cards down on the table; he looks down dejectedly, saying Its all over. [Temple wrote to Rockingham on 30 Mar. to tell him "that Lord North, after having been with the King for near three hours, said to several persons . . . that the game is up." 'Rockingham', ii. 462. 'Memoirs'.] On the right sits Fox, with a fox's head, a pile of coins and bank-notes in front of him, on which lies a court-card with its corners turned up. He is saying "Gentlemen the Bank is mine, & I will open every Night at the same hour". Streamers issue from the mouths of the late Opposition and join a scroll which floats over their heads, inscribed "HUZZA, HUZZA HUZZA". The defeated Ministry is represented by four figures only, who sit at the centres of the farther and nearer sides of the table, and of its right and left sides. Facing Lord North, in back view, is a player whose chair is inscribed "John Shuffler Esq." He is saying "Alas! what a Deal." This is Thurlow, the Lord Chancellor, who retained his office under the new Ministry, cf. BMSat 5963. At the extreme right of the table is a dejected player in profile to the left, saying, "I want a new Master"; his chair is inscibed, "Sir Grey Parolle", that is Sir Grey Cooper, one of the Secretaries of the Treasury who commonly sat on North's left hand and supplied him with facts for points arising in debate, giving him "the parole". These two are without cards or coins; croupier's rakes lie on the table in front of them. On the extreme left, at the opposite point of the table, sits a man holding a croupier's rake and saying, dejectedly, "Atkinson cut the cards". (Richard Atkinson, of 'The Rolliad', had been a prominent contractor for loans issued by North (cf. BMSat 5835). Wraxall, 'Memoirs', 1884, iii. 433-5.) He is perhaps Robinson, the other Secretary of the Treasury.
The other players (twenty-two) are all partisans of the new ministry and all, except Fox, are saying "Huzza". They are grouped chiefly on the farther side of the table, some looking over the shoulders of those who are seated. On Fox's right sits a minister with a ribbon and star who appears to be Rockingham, the new prime minister; his guineas are very few compared with those of Fox. Standing behind Grey Cooper, his hand on the back of his chair in profile to the left, is the Duke of Richmond. Standing next him (left) is Dunning, in a barrister's wig and gown. Two men standing together on the left can be identified with some certainty from their resemblance to portraits as Barré and Lord John Cavendish. Sitting behind Sandwich and on his left is Wilkes, leaning eagerly forward. A man standing behind Lord North, looking downwards with a broad smile, is perhaps intended for Burke. A complacent player on North's right resembles the Earl of Surrey. The figure most resembling portraits of Shelburne stands immediately in front of Cavendish and Barré, leaning forward with both hands resting on the table. 12 April 1782
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Height: 251 millimetres
Width: 338 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
While this is a satire on ministerial changes, Fox and North as usual being the chief protagonists, cf. BMSat 5964, &c, it is also a satire on the faro bank at Brooks's held by Fox and some of his friends, which had been very profitable, see 'Hist. MSS. Comm., Carlisle MSS.', 1897, pp. 476, 483, 484, 489-90; Walpole, 'Letters', xi. 441, and BMSat 5996, 5997. Fox gave it up while he was a minister, cf. BMSat 6013. Grego, 'Gillray', pp. 34-5; Wright and Evans, No. 2. Reprinted, 'G.W.G.', 1830.
Another impression in which Rockingham (?) has no ribbon and star.
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