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- Object: Spy's taken at Greenwich on Easter-Monday.
Mother Windsor, with four of her courtesans, orders her girls to arrest the Bishop of Durham and the Duke of Queensberry, who have been spying at the young women rolling down Greenwich Hill, a holiday custom. She stands (right) in profile to the left, holding a staff surmounted by a cock, saying, "I dont say their crime is Treasonable - but it is sinning against the Virtue of the Times and I command you girls under sanction of my Staff of Office - to take them both into close custody Immediately." Old Q faces her with clasped hands, saying, "Indeed Mrs Win-r I am a very harmless Young Man - I would not do such a thing for the World - I live in Piccadilly - and lead a very steady regular life! - every body knows me." His spy-glass lies at his feet. Two young women, holding him by the shoulders, say: "I move for haveing him put into the Black Hole" and "Why I've seen him a thousand times at Richmond." Two women are seated on the hill above him.
Barrington stands in back view, holding his glass and turning his head to say "Indeed Good Woman You are Mistaken - I was only looking for the Durham stage". The girl (left) points up the hill towards a romping couple, saying: "Its in vain to deny the fact, I have watch'd you SPYING throug your glass at the bottom of the hill this half hour - besides I've seen you before at the Opera." 19 April 1798
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Height: 319 millimetres
Width: 378 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
An attack on Barrington for his protest against opera dancers, see BMSat 9297, &c. It was the custom for young men and women to run or roll down Greenwich Hill on Easter Monday and Whit Monday, cf. BMSats 3111, 9329. Cf. BMSat 9304.
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