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- Object: The anti-patriot: a satyrical poem
Heading to verses printed in three columns. Pitt stands full-face, extending his arms towards Dundas (left) and George III (right). Two labels issue from his mouth:
'Alas! my Dundas
You've made me an Ass.'
O George I've hurt your Reputation
And lost my own throughout the Nation.'
The verses attack Pitt for the Shop Tax and the tax on maidservants. The shopkeepers, 'a discontented race', are advised:
With-hold your slanders, lest they tax your tongues.
Let Pitt, Fox, Thurlow, Burke have sov'reign sway,
Inferior souls were only born to obey.'
The closed shops are mentioned:
While some did write, to shew their wicked wit,
These shops to lett, enquire of Mr Pitt!
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But that's not all the wretches have to rue,
For see in effigy expos'd to view -
Great Chatham's son, all clad in sable hue!' 10 August 1785
Hand-coloured etching with letterpress text
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Height: 92 millimetres (plate)
Height: 361 millimetres (sheet)
Width: 234 millimetres (sheet)
Width: 142 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 Shop Tax see BMSat 6798, &c.; for the tax on maids, BMSat 6794, &c.
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