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- Object: Fatal ambition! Or Reynard at his wits end.
Fox is seated on the ground, a chain attached to his left ankle; North (right) squats beside him with an anxious expression, holding him by the arm. Three ladies stand round the disconsolate couple. The Duchess of Devonshire leans towards him, holding out her arms and saying, "Take comfort - the Duke will never let you want a bit of Bread". Fox says, "By Heaven I shall abhor the sight of them that ever bid me be of comfort more". Behind the Duchess (left) stands a lady putting her hands together and saying "My dear Lord will nevermore be at the head of ye Treasury"; she is the Duchess of Portland, [Mr. Hawkins identified her as Lady North, but she is not mentioned among the canvassing ladies.] see BMSat 6494, &c. Behind North the third lady approaches Fox holding out her arms, and saying "Where is he! Oh let me clasp him in these eager arms and comfort him with love". She is probably Mrs. Robinson (Perdita), often mentioned as canvassing for Fox; cf. 'Cornwallis Corr.', i. 166, and BMSat 6117, 6520.
The Duchess of Devonshire wears a riding-habit and a hat with a 'Fox' favour and a fox's brush. The other ladies wear plain straw hats and a Fox favour at the breast, that of Mrs. Robinson being inscribed 'Fox Love'. 22 April 1784
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Height: 240 millimetres
Width: 335 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 Fox's despair of success at the beginning of the poll, see Russell, 'Memorials and Corr. of C. J. Fox', ii. 267. On 20 Apr. he was hopeful, on 27 Apr. confident. Ibid., p. 268. See Appendix I.
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