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- Object: The delegates in council or beggars on horseback.
Naval mutineers, seated and standing at a long table, glare ferociously at Admiral Buckner, who stands (left) calmly, hat in hand, in profile to the right at the foot of the table. The man at the head of the table, seated in a chair which is higher than the others, holds a blunderbuss and wears a hat. He must be Richard Parker, but does not resemble him. At his elbow and on the extreme right stands Thelwall filling a glass from a 'Grog' can; he says "Tell him we intend to be Masters, I'll read him a Lecture"; from his pocket hangs a paper: 'Thellwals Lecture' (see BMSat 8685). One man only is seated on the president's left and on the near side of the table. He places a fist on a long paper headed 'Resolutions'. Under the table in the foreground, lifting up the tablecloth, five secret instigators are (left to right): Lauderdale, holding a paper: 'Letter from Sheerness to Ld L------le'; Horne Tooke, Stanhope, Grey, Fox, the most prominent, saying, "Aye, Aye, we are at the bottom of it", and Sheridan. All have satisfied smiles. Four ruffians are seated at the farther side of the table, others stand behind them; one aims a pistol over the admiral's head, one man smokes, another chews tobacco, taking a quid from his box. Weapons lie on the table. On the wall behind them are a print of Britannia head downwards, and two torn ballads: 'True Blue an old Song' and 'Hearts of Oak are our Ships Jolly Tars are our men We alway are Ready', the last word scored through. On the right the slanting window of the captain's cabin is indicated. 9 June 1797
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Height: 247 millimetres (printed image)
Width: 351 millimetres (printed image)
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
On 20 May Buckner went on board the 'Sandwich' and was (eventually) received by Parker, who kept his hat on as a symbol of his position; he was presented with the demands of the mutineers, in eight articles. On 6 June there was a royal proclamation declaring the mutineers to be rebels. It was on 9 June that the first ships extricated themselves from the control of the mutineers; three days later the mutiny was virtually over. The Government attempted unsuccessfully to find evidence of Jacobin propaganda ; some of the sailors were members of the Corresponding Societies, but there is no evidence that these had any influence on the course of the mutiny. Manwaring and Dobrée, 'The Floating Republic', 1935, pp. 139-43, pp. 219 ff. For the attitude of the Opposition to the mutiny see Gill, 'Naval Mutinies', 1913, pp. 348-54; Rose, 'Pitt and the Great War', p. 318. Sheridan gave important support to the Government in the crisis. 'Parl. Hist.' xxxiii. 801-4 (2 June). See C. H. Firth, 'Naval Songs and Ballads', Navy Records Soc., 1908, pp. 277-83, for five songs on the mutinies, two of which relate to Parker. See also BMSats 9020, 9028, 9185, 9242. Cf. BMSat 8823.
Reproduction, 'Manwaring and Dobrée', op. cit., p. 188.
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1997/8 Oct-Mar, Dundee, McManus Galleries, 'Glorious Victory' no.9021
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