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- Object: Low comedians amusing the wise men of the East!!
Pitt (right), seated on a sack in profile to the left, plays the fiddle while Dundas in a kilt, holding a paper inscribed 'Loans', dances a Highland fling. Pitt has a gouty leg and an anxious expression ; Dundas looks down complacently. Behind are rows of amused Directors ranged in front of the recently completed pediment of the East India House in Leadenhall Street. On one of the columns is a placard: 'Death of Tippoo'. Two figures in the pediment are freely sketched: a man making a murderous attack on a prostrate woman: in the actual pediment the central figure was a man standing protectively above a woman with an infant (see Malton's aquatint). 9 February 1800
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Height: 314 millimetres
Width: 237 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
The allegations of 1791-2 that reports of victories over Tipu were false, and made to influence the price of stock, see BMSat 7928, &c, are revived. But the triumph of Mornington was so complete and well established that the motive of the print is obscure. Seringapatam was taken by assault on 4 Apr. 1799, Tipu being killed and the war ended. On 4 Oct. 1799 votes of thanks from both Houses to Mornington and other officers were unanimous.
Supplementary information: The print has been attributed to John Cawse by Andrew Norton on stylistic grounds (personal communication, 4 March 2008).
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