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- Object: The royal extinguisher or Gulliver putting out the patriots of Lilliput!!!
Pitt as Gulliver strides across the design stooping to put an extinguisher over a crowd of gesticulating Lilliputians (right) confined within a hoop inscribed 'Copenhagen'. He is dressed as a watchman, with long coat in whose belt is a rattle; his lantern is inscribed 'For Protecting His Majesty's Person'; its rays are directed on the crowd. He wears a peaked hunting-cap and the coat is blue with red facings, indicating the Windsor uniform. His extinguisher is surmounted by a crown, and inscribed 'For Preventing Seditious Meetings'. He says: "Aye! Aye! My Seditious Lads I'm down upon You I'll Darken your Day lights I'll stop your Throats."
Among the Lilliputians are Stanhope (left), wearing a bonnet-rouge, in profile to the left, both arms held up; Fox, full-face, and Sheridan next him in profile to the right are conspicuous. A thin man in the centre, raised above the crowd, and haranguing them, is probably Thelwall. They say: "He'll put us out to a Certainty." 1 December 1795
Etching with hand-colouring
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Height: 318 millimetres
Width: 485 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
A satire on the Treason and Sedition Bills, which became law on 18 Dec, see BMSat 8687, &c. For the meetings at Copenhagen House see BMSat 8685. The debates on the Bills ('Parl. Hist.' xxxii. 301, 326, 334, &c.) turned largely on the (alleged) connexion between the meeting at Copenhagen House and the attack on the King (see BMSat 8681).
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- Exhibition history
1989 May-Sep, BM, Shadow of the Guillotine: Britain and French Revolution
1990 Jan-Mar, Manchester, Whitworth AG, Britain and French Revolution
1990 Jun-Sep, Vizille, Mus Rev/Francaise, Britain and French Revolution
2019 18 May-29 Sep, Manchester, Manchester Art Gallery, The Crowd
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