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- Object: Wholesome food for ministers
Time with his scythe flies above and between Pitt (left) and Fox (right) who kneel on the ground. The Duchess of Devonshire holding a pair of shears stands behind Fox on the extreme right. Time holds two long tobacco-pipes in his mouth, one inscribed 'Court-favor' the other 'Popularity', through which he is blowing two chains of bubbles, inscribed 'A bubble bubble', which Pitt catches in his mouth, holding up both hands towards Time. Time looks towards Fox saying, "Ha! Ha! Ha! Charley it is Billys turn now: although the pretty Dutchess, wish'd to clip my pinions". Pitt says "Thus while I am feeding my tender Frame with the Balsamick drops may no secret blast or boisterous hurricane break their Texture". Fox says, "O! Time thou comforter of the degraded, and slander'd; thou unvailer of plots, & secrets; grant, Oh! grant, once more, some of those precious Bubbles, by which I have heretofore been pampered". The Duchess says, "I will chearfuly submit to any Thing to serve my Friend". Beneath the title is etched, 'or Charley after many stir's neglected by Time for attempting to climb too high'.
Behind Pitt (left), on a rocky pinnacle, is a circular temple inscribed 'St Jameses', emitting rays of light. Behind Fox (right) is a lighthouse inscribed 'House of Commons', from the top of which hangs a flare, a fire burning in a basket, implying that the influence of the House is slight compared with that of the Court. On the horizon (centre) are pillars, round temples, and hills, suggesting a view of Rome, from which Time appears to have flown. c. April 1784
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Height: 257 millimetres
Width: 351 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
For Pitt's popularity cf. BMSat 6438, &c; for Fox's ambition, BMSat 6380; for the Duchess and Fox, BMSat 6493, &c.
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