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- Object: Anticipation, or, the contrast to the royal hunt.
A sequel to BMSat 5961, probably by the same artist. The new Ministry in process of restoring the temple of Fame. In the foreground on the extreme right Britannia sits on a globe, her shield and spear beside her, holding out an olive branch. Some of the figures are identified by numbers referring to names in the lower margin. “I, C-n-y” (Conway), standing (right) in front of the Temple of Fame, is holding erect the broken pillar inscribed “America”, a reference to his famous resolutions, see BMSat 5963, 5985, 5986. A military officer and two sailors are lifting up fallen pillars inscribed “Charles Town” and “St. Vinc[en]ts”. The only pillars remaining on the ground are “Eustatius” lying across “Rhode Island”. The Temple has still only two columns intact, “Gibraltar” and “Jamaica Barbadoes”, but these are stouter. One of the broken columns, “Tobago”, is in process of repair by two sailors, one of whom, standing on a ladder, is about to fit in a missing section. The rope which was tied round Gibraltar trails on the ground and the figures which were pulling it in the earlier print are otherwise engaged: America holding a short or broken spear in the left hand holds out in the right an olive branch, while a naval officer standing next him with a cutlass in his right hand, holds out an olive branch towards America. Holland, a pipe stuck in his hat, kneels before the officer, his hands raised in supplication. Spain and France are in flight towards the left, their hands outstretched.
The upper part of the Temple has undergone a change. The figure of Fame has regained her trumpet and her lost leg and is now intact. Three minute figures stand within the right window. “2”, Fox (“F-x”), with a fox's head, is saying “Manus haec inimica tyrannis”. “4”, Camden (“C-md-n”), in Judge's robes, says “Peace with America War with all the World”. Burke, standing behind the other two, says “Nummi [The second 'm' has been added in ink] post virtutem”. From the left window, “9”, “C-rlt-n” (Sir Guy Carleton) is firing a musket to the left, and bringing down the Gallic cock, which is about to fall on the head of the fleeing figure of France. (Carleton had been appointed Commander-in-Chief to succeed Clinton on 23 Feb., after the old Ministry had shown that their intention was merely to keep the posts they held in America and direct their efforts against France and Spain.) The centre of the temple façade is now decorated with the head of George III crowned with laurel in an oval and with four smaller ovals, in which are heads, all with laurel wreaths, inscribed “Howe”, “Ross”, “Parker”, “Barrington”, showing that much was hoped from the recent naval appointments of the new Ministry: Howe (2 April 1782), Commander-in-Chief in the Channel; Sir John Lockhart Ross, Bart., was with Howe as Rear-Admiral. Vice-Admiral Parker was appointed Commander-in-Chief in the East-Indies. Vice-Admiral Barrington was Howe's Second-in-Command.
In the background a naval engagement is in progress, ships flying the British flag are firing at the enemy, some of whose ships are sinking. This cannot represent the Battle of the Saints (12 April), news of which reached London only on 18 May, but an old hand has written over two of the ships “Formidable Sr. George Rodney”, and “Ville de Paris”, the French flagship which surrendered to Rodney.
In the centre foreground “5”, “S-h” (Sandwich), in profile to the right, his cane under his right arm, stands holding a sheaf of broadside ballads in his right hand labelled “Catches and Glees”. On this is a print of a man hanging from a gallows. In his left hand he holds a ballad from which he is singing, “A Sow'r Reformation crawls outthorough the Nation An Old Song new set”. From his pocket hangs a paper inscribed “24 Songs in a Book for a Halpenny”. He has been reduced to the position of a ballad-singer.
In the foreground on the left, in profile to the left, Lord North as a stout woman, his bag-wig showing under a cap, stands at a wash-tub. From his mouth comes a label inscribed “My *Northstrums had almost totally blinded him [the king] & ruin'd his constitution. The wash tub was a lucky Thought Welcome my Dernier resource Few even of my Friends will know me in the Suds *Erratum lege nostrums”, (cf. BMSat 5968). Behind North are two packing-cases, one marked with a circle and anchor and inscribed “Untaxed Soap 2200 lb.”; a small case behind it is marked “119 lb.” For other satires on North's tax on soap see BMSat 5964, &c.
In front of North, in the left corner of the print, is a bundle inscribed “M-nd-n's [Minden's, i.e. Lord Sackville's] foul linnen”. Next it is a bundle inside a basket inscribed “For Sr J. Delaval”. On 8 Mar. 1782, during the debate on Lord John Cavendish's resolutions of censure on the Ministry, Sir John Delaval (M.P. for Berwick) “rose as a country gentleman just to say that he had a high opinion of his Majesty's Ministers.” ('Parl. Hist.' xxii. 1134.)
Behind North and to the left George III is seated in an arm-chair while an oculist applies an instrument to his eye. The oculist wears a ribbon and is Lord Rockingham; a label attached to his hand is inscribed:
“ --to nobler sights
------the film removd
which that false Gold that promisd
clearer sight had bred.”
The king and Rockingham are in front of a small building from which curtains have been pulled back showing part of a window. On the extreme left part of another building is visible, with the royal arms over the door. Above the arms is inscribed “Dr R------M”. (Rockingham) “occulist to his [Majesty]”.
In the middle distance are two small figures: “6. H—d” (Hertford) with clasped hands saying “My L--d I have lost the key of the House of Office”, an allusion to the story that Lord Hertford was loath to surrender the gold key of his office as Lord Chamberlain (cf. BMSat 5966) to the Duke of Manchester, who succeeded him. “7, G-m-n” (Germain) runs with outstretched arms towards Hertford, saying “Where, Where shall I fly”, an allusion to his supposed cowardice at Minden.
In the background (left) is a building, open in front to show an auction of horses and hounds. This is “TATERShalf lengthS” and on the roof is inscribed “All the Hunters & Hounds of a certain great personage now selling off by Auction”. Although on a minute scale, four horses, dogs, the auctioneer in his box, and the spectators are visible. This shows that the king's 'Royal Hunt' depicted in the companion print is now over, with the curious implication that he no longer neglects matters of State for the chase. Jamaica, &c. were saved not by the new Ministry or the naval officers here mentioned, but by the victory of Rodney, whom they had determined to disgrace, see BMSat 5991, &c.
Above the design is engraved “The Prospect of the glorious restoration of the Temple of Fame”. 16 May 1782
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Height: 249 millimetres
Width: 355 millimetres
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Representation of: Hon Samuel Barrington
Representation of: Edmund Burke
Representation of: Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden
Representation of: Sir Guy Carleton, 1st Baron Dorchester
Representation of: Right Hon Henry Seymour Conway
Representation of: Charles James Fox
Representation of: George Sackville Germain, 1st Viscount Sackville
Associated with: John Hussey Delaval, Baron Delaval
Associated with: George III, King of the United Kingdom
Associated with: Francis Seymour Conway, 1st Marquess of Hertford
Associated with: Adm Richard Howe, Earl Howe
Associated with: Frederick North, 2nd Earl of Guilford
Associated with: Admiral Sir Hyde Parker
Associated with: Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquis of Rockingham
Associated with: Sir John Lockhart-Ross
Associated with: John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich
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