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- Object: Auspicium melioris aevi.
Pitt, very drunk, leans against the wall of a room, his right arm rests on a map inscribed 'Gold Coast Bengal'; he points to the former name, saying, "de Claret - Claret - Claret - Tory - tory - tory."
His chair (right) has been overturned, under his feet are papers inscribed 'List of India Directors'; in his left hand is the 'de-Claretory Bill'. On a table (left) are wine-glasses and a decanter of Claret, empty bottles lie on the ground. 17 March 1788
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Height: 245 millimetres
Width: 174 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
In the debate of 5 March 1787 on the Declaratory Bill, see BMSat 7280, &c., Pitt, instead of answering Fox, said that he was 'so much oppressed by indisposition' that he would postpone his reply. 'Parl. Hist.' xxvii. 115. The indisposition was the result of having drunk deeply at a ball given by the Duchess of Gordon on the previous night: 'no Minister ever cut a more pitiable figure.' Bulkely to Buckingham; Buckingham, 'Courts and Cabinets of George III', i. 361. The allegation that Pitt's Indian policy was influenced by bribery derives from the accusations against Warren Hastings, cf. BMSat 7139, &c.
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