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- Object: Political monsters going to Westminster.
A series of nine isolated figures proceeding left to right, each with name engraved below, and the words spoken, above; all have the legs and hoofs of a satyr; the last figure is that of the Devil. 'S-----y' (Salisbury), the Lord Chamberlain, on the extreme left, says, "I'll be President of the new Council. C------t------m" (Chatham), a ship under his arm, says, "A Provision for me and my Nurse. C------m------n" (Carmarthen), pointing to the right, turns to Chatham, saying, "I'll be content with that for the present. S-----y" (Sydney), looking to the right, says, "That's not enough for me. S------ff-----d" (Stafford, Lord Privy Seal), looking towards Sydney as he hurries to the right, says, "I'll be a Member of the new Council. C------m------n" (Camden), his arms folded, looks down with a melancholy expression, saying, "6000 a Year is a Comfort in my old Age." He was Lord President of the Council.
'T------l------w' (Thurlow), clenching his fist and clutching his forehead, says, "Damn the Church, the Seals for me" (cf. BMSat 7320). 'C------t-----y' (Archbishop Moore), wearing lawn sleeves, long gown, and mortar-board cap, says, "All the Patronage of the Church". Last, the Devil with two heads, one of which is the frightened profile of Pitt, says, "Come along my Children, ask what you will you shall have it." A fragment of the whole frieze. 10 February 1789
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Height: 198 millimetres
Width: 164 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 Regency restrictions, see BMSat 7488, &c, and especially on the Council (of the great officers of the Household, Lord Chancellor, and Archbishop of Canterbury) which was to advise the Queen in her (non-political) control of the Household. It is implied that by this means the political power of the Pittites would be preserved in the teeth of the Regent and his Ministers. See G. Elliot, 'Life and Letters', i. 266-7; 'Parl. Hist.' xxvii. 1003 ff. Cf. BMSat 7482, a similar design.
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