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- Object: The propagation of a truth. 1789.
A strip design in imitation of BMSat 7230. The names of the characters are etched beneath them, the words spoken above their heads. 'R------e' (Rose) rushes forward, in alarm, exclaiming "The People refuse to address to T--l--w" (Thurlow) who answers "Bl-st their Eyes" (cf. BMSat 7320). 'P-tt' leans anxiously towards Thurlow, saying, "then I am done over. S-----y" (Sydney), his back to Pitt, addresses 'D------s', saying, "it is all dickey with me". Dundas, stamping with rage, answers, "I'll gang to my awn country and sell Butter & Brimstone. R------d" (Richmond), standing beside a cannon (cf. BMSat 6921, &c), puts his finger to his nose, saying, "I begin to smell Powder". He speaks to 'G------n' (Grafton) who answers, "I begin to stink damnably. C--t--m" (Chatham), a small man-of-war under each arm, leans in profile to the right, saying, "I thought myself snug" (he succeeded Howe as First Lord in Sept. 1788, cf. BMSat 7480). 'C--m--n' (Camden) stands full-face, his hands in his old-fashioned coat-pockets, saying, "I should have known better". 'B------k W-----n' (Brook Watson), flourishing his wooden leg, says to Camden, "I cannot Brook this I'll hop off. G--n--e" (Grenville) holds up his Speaker's wig, saying, "I shall lose my new Wig" (he was elected Speaker on 5 Jan.). 'W-----es' (Wilkes), holding his chin reflectively and squinting violently, says, "I can look either way". 'C--m--n' (Carmarthen) holds up both arms, saying, "Eve been in Anguish all night." 12 January 1789
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Height: 175 millimetres
Width: 761 millimetres (cropped)
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
'The Propagation of a Lie' (cf. BMSat 7230) would have been a more accurate caption for this print, cf. BMSat 7480, but the allegation that the addresses were procured by the Treasury (through Rose) was damaging; see BMSat 7480, &c.
'The Morning Post', 23 Jan. 1789, admires the ability of this print, but regrets that 'the respectable talents of Wigstead should descend to current topics' like the 'common order of Caricaturists'.
Grego, 'Rowlandson', i. 244 (with the date 30 Jan.).
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