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- Object: Idol of the people.
A dragon with the head of Fox (left) breaking in pieces, crouches on a rectangular pedestal inscribed 'Idol of the People [these words forming the title] Vide Hist, of Bel & the Dragon'. Pitt (right) rams a pole into the mouth of Fox saying, "Behold Whom ye Worshipd". On the corner of the pedestal, under the dragon's outstretched neck, is a pile of balls ('pills'); another pile is on the ground. Burke and the Duchess of Devonshire stand behind the dragon watching its destruction with gestures and expressions of grief. North (right), his back to Pitt, walks weeping away through a doorway, a handkerchief held to his eye. Beneath the design is engraved:
'This Dragon long had reigned the People's Wonder,
But Daniel's Pills have made him burst asunder.' 28 June 1784
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Height: 235 millimetres
Width: 298 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 defeat of the Coalition in the general election, cf. BMSat 6657.
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