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- Object: The fox and badger hunting the K-g's hounds.
Fox and North, as fox and badger with human heads, chase (left to right) five hounds, behind whom runs John Robinson, who looks round with a face of distress at his pursuers. Round his shoulders is slung a rat-trap, and his coat is inscribed 'Rat Catcher'. In front of him and among the hounds run three rats, much smaller in size than the dogs. The collar of the dog immediately in front of Fox is inscribed 'W.P.' [Pitt]. Fox says, "Perdition catch such Vermin". Behind the fox and badger runs Burke, wearing a Jesuit's biretta (cf. BMSat 6026) and blowing a horn. The ground between pursuers and pursued is inscribed 'Field of Contention'.
In the middle distance is a square building resembling the Treasury, and inscribed 'St Stephens Kennell'. Behind it on a hill is a circular temple, sending out rays, probably intended for the temple of Fame, as in BMSat 6400. 28 February 1784
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Height: 247 millimetres
Width: 347 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
Though a satire on 'Robinson's rats', see BMSat 6427, &c, it is unfriendly to the Coalition, cf. BMSat 6400 (by the same artist). For Fox and North as fox and badger see BMSat 6176, 6369, 6518.
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