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- Object: The first levee of the new P-r-t. [Parliament]
Pitt stands in front of the throne to which he points with a hand holding a number of threads attached to the noses of his supporters, who advance through a doorway, the foremost kneeling or prostrating themselves. Across his forehead is a placard inscribed 'Interest'; he says, "Approach & Salute the Broad Bottom of Royalty!!" He holds a large flag inscribed 'Standard of venality' on which are a large earl's coronet indicating Lonsdale (see BMSat 6579), two duke's coronets, a mitre, a baron's and a viscount's coronet, and three money-bags, each inscribed 'Cole' (cf. BMSat 6213), followed by the words 'to be Given Away'. On the ground at Pitt's feet are the words, 'Road to Preferment'.
The king kneels on the throne exposing his 'broad bottom' to the Pittites ; it is irradiated and to it are attached a pair of small wings; it is further adorned with Garter star and ribbon inscribed 'Honi Soit qui mal...'. He bends forward, his body in a horizontal position, so that his head and shoulders are hidden by a curtain (left) inscribed 'Secret Influence Drying Clouts! Nursing Making toast [cf. BMSat 7923] Rocking the Cradle, &c. &c. &c.'
The crowd of Pittites advances through a doorway surmounted by a large royal crown flanked by a birch-rod and a sword. Across the doorway is inscribed 'Hall of Prerogative 1784', and over the heads of the members, 'Majority of ye New P------T We are your Devoted Slaves'. Their heads are crudely drawn and few can be identified: a man in the forefront in tartan is evidently Dundas. A man full-face in the centre of the crowd who is inscribed 'Rat Catcher' and has a rat on his forehead is John (or Jack) Robinson, see BMSat 6427, &c. Thurlow in wig and gown kneels in profile to the left, and a man on the extreme right resembles Barré. A parson in the foreground is probably Mason, cf. BMSat 6485. 29 May 1784
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Height: 248 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)
For the peerages, &c, given by Pitt at this time see Wraxall, 'Memoirs', 1884, iii. 351 ff., 'Ann. Reg.', 1784-3, pp. 214 ff. The first of several satires on the subject, see BMSat 6631, &c. For Pitt and 'secret influence' see BMSat 6417, &c. For other satires hostile to Pitt see BMSat 6552, &c.
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