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- Object: Boney in possession of the millstone
Napoleon (left), in profile to the right, holds a large millstone inscribed 'Hanover'. He wears the customary huge cocked hat and long sabre. Facing him stands John Bull, an uncouth yokel, in smock and gaiters, with a staff in his right hand. He says, with an expression of rustic shrewdness: "What thee hast got it hast thee? - the Devil do thee good with it, Old Measter Chatham used to say it was a Millstone round my neck - so perhaps I may feel more lightsome without it." Napoleon: "Its cursed heavy! I wish it had been Malta" [cf. BMSat 9997]. 5 July 1803
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Height: 248 millimetres
Width: 351 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VIII, 1947)
For Hanover see BMSat 10023, &c. John accepts Chatham's views when in opposition; these were reversed on taking office, the defence of Hanover becoming the corner-stone of his European policy in the Seven Years' War.
Broadley, i. 178 f. (reproduction).
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