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- Object: Spleen, vide Pope.
Pl. from the 'Satirist', i. 451. Seven members of the late Ministry are strung out in the foreground as characters metamorphosed by spleen (hypochondria), with the appropriate lines ('Rape of the Lock', ii. 47-54) engraved below them in the margin. On the left. Erskine's head in his Chancellor's wig projects, with the mace, from a tea-pot:
'Unnumber'd throngs on ev'ry side are seen,
Of bodies chang'd to various forms by spleen,
Here living tea-pots stand, one arm held out,
One bent; the handle this, and that the spout;'
Next, Whitbread's head and shoulders emerge from a pipkin; he is crowned with a tankard of 'Whitbread Entire' [cf. BMSat 10421], from which froth ascends, ascribed 'Hymns':
'A Pipkin, there, like Homer's tripod, walks;'
Windham's head and feet project from a large jar inscribed 'Pickles of all sorts' [cf. BMSat 10221]:
'Here sighs a jar,------'
Lord Henry Petty's head and shoulders, with an open book and a dancing-master's fiddle (see BMSat 10589), project from a goose-pie, the pie-dish in the form of a goose:
'------ And there a goose-pie talks;'
Next, Temple, with an enormous paunch descending to his ankles, straddles across a packet of 'Foolscap' and a bunch of pens (see BMSat 10721, &c):
'Men prove with child, as pow'rful fancy works,'
On the extreme right. Sheridan's head and feet project from a bottle labelled 'Sherry'; he wears a woman's cap:
'And maids, turn'd bottles, call aloud for corks.'
Between and slightly behind Windham and Petty is a corkscrew, the handle forming a base for the head and shoulders of the Duke of Norfolk (cf. BMSat 11214).
Behind these is a row of lesser personages, all but one with animals' heads: cats, asses, a goat, a bull, a fox, a rat, &c. Only one can be identified: Catalani who stands as if singing, a veil floating from her head as in Semiramide (see BMSat 10628). The one with a human head has a serpentine body terminating in a tail; he is Skeffington. Behind him is a weeping willow with the tiny body of a man suspended from its branches. On the extreme left. is a Gothic building surmounted by a weathercock, perhaps intended for St. Stephen's Chapel (the House of Commons). In the sky the figure of Spleen, with webbed wings, emerges from clouds to lean over her victims, holding out in each hand a bunch of large pens. 1 February 1808
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Height: 183 millimetres
Width: 346 millimetres
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