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- Object: Charles the third, king of all the Orkneys; and would be monarch of the East. Or the effects of a bad conscience.
Fox, dressed as a Tudor monarch, starts from a low couch on which he has been lying, his eyes staring in horror. In his right hand he grasps a sword inscribed 'Injustice'. Round his neck, on a ribbon inscribed 'Order of Blacklegs', is a medallion bearing a dice-box and dice. At his feet is a helmet (right) with a closed visor inscribed 'Helmet of Unrighteousness', and various documents inscribed respectively 'Petn Kirkwa[ll]' ; 'Westminster Election'; 'Private list 2500 bad votes on my side of the Question'; 'Ways and means P-- W-- [Prince of Wales] Newmar[ket] Brooks's--Dutchess--North--D-- de Chart[res] &c. &c. &c. &c'; 'India Bill For the better security Of power to me and my Friends'.
Fox wears a ruff, slashed doublet and trunk-hose, an ermine-bordered cloak, and slashed shoes. A curtain hangs on each side of the couch; it partly conceals (left) a framed portrait-head of the Duchess of Devonshire in profile to the right, wearing at her breast a 'Fox' favour.
Above the design is etched:
'If we be conquerd, Let men conquer us,
And not these Bastard Britons, whom my Father
Has in their own Land, Cheaten, spurn d and trod 'on
And left them on record an Heir of Shame.
Are these men fit to be the Heirs of England?' 16 June 1784
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Height: 276 millimetres
Width: 299 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
A satire on the return of Fox for the Orkney boroughs, see BMSat 6614, &c, and on the Westminster scrutiny, see BMSat 6553, &c. It was stated during the scrutiny proceedings that Fox's agents knew of lists of bad votes; this occasioned an insulting remark by Erskine. 'Parl. Hist.', xxiv. 863 (6 June); Wraxall, 'Memoirs', 1886, iii. 403-4. For Fox (a descendant of Charles II) as Charles III cf. BMSat 6460, &c. For the defeat of the India Bill see BMSat 6286, &c. John (afterwards Sir John) Sinclair petitioned against Fox's return for Orkney. For Fox and the Prince see BMSat 6041, &c. The Duc de Chartres, a friend of Fox, and other French noblemen were alleged to have assisted him at the Westminster Election. 'Westminster Election', pp. 246, 248, &c.
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