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- Object: Robbed between sun and sun
Lord Holland with his two sons Charles and Stephen seated at a table. Each has the profile of a fox but wears a wig. Lord Holland (centre) in a high-back chair, looks towards Stephen (r.) holding up his hands with an expression of horror. Stephen is asleep, beside him on the table is a small phial or medicine-bottle. Charles (l.), very alert, picks his father's pocket, taking out a purse. On the ground at his side are emblems of gambling: a dice box, dice, and a book inscribed "Hoyle|". Beneath the table crouches a demon: he is looking at Charles, and holds in each claw a chain which is round Charles's leg, his tail is wound round Stephen's ankle. Over Charles's head is engraved "Hic Niger est." (With his black hair and eyebrows he was what was then called "a black man", cf. Walpole, 'Letters', viii. 359.) Lord Holland wears an old-fashioned tie-wig. Both the sons are fashionably dressed, and wear bag-wigs, that of Charles being a very high toupet in the French fashion. This appears to illustrate the last verse of a poem called 'To the Young Cub on his keeping Madame H------n--l' [Heinel] (see BMSat 5145) printed in the 'Westminster Magazine', Sept. 1773:
"From sons what Sire such blessing reaps!
One never wakes - One never sleeps;
Yet both partake his bounty:
The Law says, If a man's undone,
And pillag'd thus 'tween Sun and Sun
He's free to sue the County." 1 January 1774
Etching and some engraving
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Height: 174 millimetres
Width: 263 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
From the 'Oxford Magazine', x. 502 (folding plate).
In the winter of 1773-4 Lord Holland paid Charles's debts to the extent of £140,000. The print is described as representing "a committee lately held on ways and means by a certain nest of F------s that infested the neighbourhood; whether the subject of debate was to find out some fresh method of satisfying the veracity [sic] of the old one; to preserve the plunder already got, or to repair the destruction made by the folly of the young Cubbs, is uncertain...." Stephen Fox was called the Sleepy Macaroni, see BMSat 4648, 5114, &c.
E. Hawkins (MS. index) mentions another impression or version enclosed within a coiled snake.
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