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- Object: Vices overlook'd in the new proclamation.
A design in four compartments divided by lines intersecting at right angles.  'Avarice'. The King and Queen, three-quarter length, sit facing each other across a round table, hugging large moneybags. Those of the King are inscribed '5 Millions', those of the Queen '3 Millions'; facing her is an open account book: 'Account of Money at interest in Germany' [cf. BMSat 7906]. See BMSat 7836, &c.
 Next (right) is 'Drunkenness'. The Prince of Wales, drunk and incapable, is being taken home by two watchmen. Behind (left) is an open door in which stands a fat bawd watching her visitor depart. Above it are the Prince's feathers and motto, and 'Neat Wines'. The figures are three-quarter length.
 Below (left) is 'Gambling'. A crowd of figures surround a circular gaming-table, half of which fills the foreground. The Duke of York raises a dice-box, next him is a military officer wearing a gorget. On the other side (left) sits a ruffianly-looking fellow wearing a slouch hat and coachman's coat. Behind is a man with a croupier's rake. (See BMSat 7301 (5), &c.)
 Next (right) is 'Debauchery'. The Duke of Clarence and Mrs. Jordan sit together on a settee, embracing each other. He wears a naval officer's coat, with a star, and sailor's trousers. On the wall is the print of a chamber-pot inscribed 'A Jordan' (see BMSat 8057, &c).
Below the title is etched: 'To the Commons of Great Britain, this representation of Vices, which remain unforbidden by Proclamation, is dedicated, as proper for imitation, and in place of the more dangerous ones of Thinking, Speaking & Writing, now forbidden by Authority.' [A final word (or words) has been erased]. 24 May 1792
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Height: 249 millimetres
Width: 346 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 Royal Proclamation of 21 May 'for the preventing of tumultuous meetings and seditious writings' (text in 'Ann. Reg.', 1792, ii. 192 ff.). It was directed chiefly against Paine's writings and was attacked by Grey and others on 25 May as aimed at 'the Association', i.e. the Friends of the People, see BMSat 8087, &c, and in the Lords by Lauderdale and Lansdowne but approved by the Prince of Wales in his maiden speech. 'Parl. Hist.' xxix. 1476 ff., 1514 ff. In general 'the prevailing opinion ... is, that it seems to admit more disposition in the country to tumult than exists in fact'. Archbishop of Canterbury to Auckland, 'Auckland Corr.' ii. 408. Cf. BMSat 8141.
Grego, 'Gillray', p. 147. Wright and Evans, No. 80.
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