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- Object: The tryumph of Pitt, or the man of the people in the dumps.
The title is that of a song etched beneath the design. Fox, with a fox's tail, lies prostrate. Pitt strides across him holding up a document inscribed 'A more palatable East India Bill by W. Pitt'; he is saying, "O my dear Country men look down See how I bestride your prostrate Enimy; I tread on Artfull Fox and all his Schemes". Fox says: "My Indian Schemes of wealth & I must fall, But that this Boy should ride me's Worst of all". Burke (left) stands behind in profile to the right dressed as a Jesuit (cf. BMSat 6026), his hands together as if in prayer; he says, "The Lords have pull'd you down may the Lord raise you up again".
Behind (right) a building inscribed 'India house' is falling sideways, but is supported by timber props inscribed respectively 'The Lords Prop', 'City of London Prop', and 'wicham prop', the last perhaps an allusion to Lord Mahon, M.P. for Wycombe, a violent opponent of the India Bill (see BMSat 6286), or perhaps Lord Shelburne, as in BMSat 6378. For the India Bills see BMSat 6271, &c, 6406. The drawing is crude and incorrect.
Beneath the title is engraved:
'A Song, tune an Ass in the Chaplet.
Ye Muses awhile come attend to my Pray'r
That the words to the subject may fitt,
While the Fox & the Badger are lost in dispair
Let us raise up our Voices to Pitt
to Pitt to Pitt &c.
How finely Fox humbug'd the Westminsts'r geese,
With a deal of palaver & wit,
Yet all his designs were the Nation to fleece,
But at last he fell in to a Pitt.
a Pitt a Pitt &c.
The India reform was a notable plan
Yet the taste of the Lords did not hit
His Schemes they despis'd & detested the man
Who now has made room for a Pitt
a Pitt, a Pitt, &c.
If Brittons were wise & their own good could see
What is for their happiness fit
To preside at the helm who better can be
Than Chatham's descendant a Pitt
a Pitt a Pitt &c.
The name in itself has a magical sound
All Europe rembers it yet
When Conquest & Glory Beam'd widely aroud
Thro' the wisdom & Virtue of Pitt
of Pitt, of Pitt, &c.
Like the Father the Son does in excellence rise
In Eloquence, Honor & Wit,
Then let us all selfish designers despise
But high lift the Bumper to Pitt
to Pitt, to Pitt &c.' 13 January 1784
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Height: 296 millimetres
Width: 220 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
For Pitt as Chatham's son cf. BMSat 5984. For the Fox and Badger cf. BMSat 6176, 6369, &c; for the Westminster Geese, BMSat 5843, &c.
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