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- Object: Politics inside-out- a farce.
One of a set of four: see BMSat 7176. France, as an elderly and ugly petit-maître (right), his hat under his arm, holds out obsequiously an empty purse and a snuff-box towards Holland, a stout peasant who kneels at his feet, weeping and clasping his hands in supplication. Behind Holland stand a Prussian soldier, threatening him with his bayonet, and England, a sailor who clenches his fists. In the background (right) is a windmill. Beneath the design is engraved:
'Prussian: Orange for ever! and respect to the Ladies.
English: Confess yourself a French Dog!
Dutch: Help me out Monsieur! you brought me in.
Frenchm: Me beg to be excused. Bygar me have nothing to give; & me remember the Duke of Bronsvic, Pitt, Rosbac & Minden'. 21 October 1787
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Height: 400 millimetres
Width: 494 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 failure of France to give the aid to the Dutch Patriots which she had led them to expect. Frederick William of Prussia had been led to intervene by an insult by the Free Corps to his sister, the Princess of Orange, on 28 June. The English naval preparations effectively discouraged French action. For the invasion of the United Provinces by the Duke of Brunswick see BMSat 7176, &c. For the Dutch crisis see also BMSat 7172, &c.
For a copy see under BMSat 7176.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1987 Sep-Nov, London, NG, 'Acquisitions in Focus'
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