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- Object: Nouvelles a la cour de la Grande Bretagne ou Mr Pitt annoncant ae sa Majesté la revolution en Hollande
George III seated on the throne (right) listens with an expression and gesture of horror to Pitt (left) who stands in profile to the right holding in both hands a large document inscribed: 'Arbre de la Liberte Plante a Amsterdam des Representans du peuple Francais a la Haye Gl Pichegru'. The King, his hands raised, exclaims "Quoi! comment! Stadhouder - pécheur - revolution mon Dieu qu'est qui faisons nous." Pitt, very thin and elegant, bending forward with an expression of dismayed melancholy, says: "votre Majeste n'a rien a craindre - vous etes la surprise et l'admiration du monde."
On the wall is a map of France: 'Plan des Tyrans coalesce pour la partitition de la France.' 'Brest', 'Paris', 'Lion', and 'Toulon' are marked and the NW. of the country is coloured pink. On the ground is a book: 'Burke' (see BMSat 7675, &c), and by the royal dais a 'Plan pour Prendre Paris' (see BMSat 8826) and a number of money-bags inscribed '10 000', '100 000', and 'pour la Chasse £200,000'. Behind Pitt is an open money-chest against which lean rolled documents, one inscribed 'Droits Divins des Rois'. c.March 1795
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Height: 248 millimetres
Width: 192 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
In the title, 'AE' has been corrected in pen to 'a' and 'LA' has been altered in pen to 'le'.
The manner, as well as the French of the inscriptions and the character of the portraits, suggests an English print. The frozen Waal was crossed by the French on 14 Jan. 1795. Fraternization between the Dutch Patriots and the invaders took place in the towns entered by the French. The tree of Liberty (see BMSat 9214, &c.) was planted in Amsterdam on 4 Mar. 1795, see BMSat 8846, &c. The Stadholder and his family left Schevening in a fishing-vessel on 18 Jan., landing at Yarmouth. See [Legrand], 'La Rév. fr. en Hollande', 1894, pp. 53 ff., and BMSat 8608, &c. For the royal moneybags cf. BMSat 7836. Cf. BMSat 8434.
de Vinck, No. 4708. Van Stolk, No. 5287. Muller, No. 5309.
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