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- Object: Elijah fed by the Ravens
Sir Elijah Impey, wearing judge's wig and gown, stands in back view holding out an open book inscribed 'Self Feeling'. Two birds fly towards him; one (left), with the head of Arden, Attorney-General, says "Protection"; the other, with the head of Macdonald, Solicitor-General, says "Comfort". Impey looks towards them, saying, "Shelter me from the horrid Spectre". On his right Nandakumar, wearing a feathered turban, emerges from clouds holding out a halter to which he points. Beside him is an open book inscribed 'Nand . . . . r's Trial'. In the background (left) is a gibbet (without a rope) inscribed 'Let desert mount.' 11 February 1788
Etching with hand-colouring
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Height: 160 millimetres
Width: 150 millimetres (trimmed)
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
On 12 Dec. 1787 Sir Gilbert Elliot moved six charges against Impey, the first being the 'deliberate murder' of Nandakumar. Impey's triumphant defence was made on 4 Feb. 1788 at the bar of the House; on 9 May the House divided against the first charge, and the impeachment was dropped. 'Parl. Hist.' xxvi. 1335 ff., xxvii. 35 ff., 292 ff., 416 ff. Sir G. Elliot, 'Life and Letters', i. 119, 121, 199 ff. Wraxall, 'Memoirs', 1884, v. 48-51, 57-63, 100-12. P. E. Roberts in 'Camb. Hist. of India', v. 246-7. See BMSat 7285.
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- The register records that this print was purchased as part of a large group from "Mr Cutter"
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