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- Object: The minister endeavouring to eke out Dr Pr*ty***n's bisho-prick.
Pitt (left) holds up the dome of St. Paul's which he is about to place over the central tower of Lincoln Cathedral (right). He stands in a graveyard at some distance, and leans forward, on tip-toe, his right foot resting on a rectangular tombstone inscribed 'Hic jacet' and decorated with a bishop's mitre, a winged skull, and cross-bones. March 1787
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Height: 323 millimetres
Width: 243 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
Pitt is satirized for favouritism to Dr. George Pretyman (1750-1827), afterwards Tomline, his Cambridge tutor, private secretary, and friend. George III is said to have at first objected on the score of Pretyman's youth. Pitt's friendship exposed him to much jealousy and detraction, and he was the subject of many lampoons, cf. BMSat 6940; 'Asylum for Fugitive Pieces', ii, 1786, pp. 290, 301 ff. Thurlow, whom Pretyman succeeded at Lincoln ('conge d'élire' 20 Feb.) on the former's translation to Durham, had been simultaneously Bishop of Lincoln, Dean of St. Paul's, and Master of the Temple. See also BMSats 7147, 7149.
The imitation of Sayers's manner is apparent but the hand of Gillray is unmistakable. The counterfeiting of signature and manner in a print satirizing Pitt, whose henchman Sayers was, suggests that Gillray's intention was to damage or ridicule Sayers. Perhaps a retort to BMSat 7147.
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