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- Object: The lecture on heads embellished by Jno Lockington
Two ovals and a circle in decorative frames arranged vertically. Round the upper oval the title is engraved. Within it is a bust profile portrait in an oval, probably intended for the Duke of Richmond but resembling Lord Amherst (commander-in-chief). This is 'No 1.', and is surrounded by military trophies and surmounted by a broken mural coronet. The circle, inscribed 'No 2', contains a full-face bust portrait of Warren Hastings; it is surrounded by a laurel wreath, at the apex of which is an oriental bed. Military trophies, spears, bayonets, &c, surround the circle. In the lower oval is engraved:
This is one of those extraordinary personages termed Conquerors; and may be thought great like Alexander, he having been where ambition has destroyed numbers; as tho' mankind was only made to be cut to Pieces. Such we call a Hero, a Warrior, a General, or Mankiller.
N° 2. This is the head of an Eastern Chief. The Chiefs of which place is under great Subjection of Lacks of Rupees and Berguders or else Deposed of their Crowns; Torn from their families or Starved by our Modern Conquerors: which has been the case lately, he is called Tulgagee Mahah Rajah.
To be Continued' 9 March 1786
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Height: 321 millimetres
Width: 205 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 (1) the defeat of Richmond's scheme for fortifications, see BMSat 6921, &c. (or perhaps on Amherst, one of the conquerors of Canada), and (2) on Hastings, the attack on whom had been opened by Burke's speech of 17 Feb. 1786, moving that Dundas's resolutions of censure of 28 May 1782 should be read, and pressed further in the debates of 3, 6, and 7 Mar. Wraxall, 'Memoirs', 1884, iv. 258-61, 274 ff. 'Parl. Hist.' xxv. 1060 ff., 1183 ff. See BMSat 6925, &c. The title is from Stevens's famous 'Lecture on Heads'.
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