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- Object: The Butifyer. A touch upon 'The Times' plate 1
Satire on Hogarth's support for Lord Bute and his print 'The Times Plate 1'. Hogarth sits on a platform vigorously whitewashing a very large boot lettered "Line of Booty" suspended from a curved post; Hogarth's palette with his line of beauty hangs from a spur on the great boot; a big bucket of whitewash on the platform is labelled "Pension"; the curve of the post is lettered "the precise line"; whitewash splashes Temple, Newcastle, and Pitt who stand below admiring the contents of a little box that Temple is holding, perhaps containing the scroll conferring on Pitt the freedom of the City of London. Pitt holds up his arm to ward off the spray and in doing so obscures the face of a man behind (perhaps intended for John Wilkes) standing next to Charles Churchill who is wearing clerical dress and wielding a big stick. In front of Churchill, beneath the platform, a Scotsman (Tobias Smollett) in a lion's skin stands astride a tub labelled "The Charm/Butifying Wash"; he holds a reversed broom which is also grasped by Arthur Murphy, in Scots garb, bent double; they use the broom shaft to push the Briton and the Auditor (their journals supporting Bute) into the tub. Smollett holds papers lettered "Peace" and "Liberty" and says to Murphy “put in all this twill raise the stench”. To the right, beneath the platform a Scotch bagpiper, a ragged woman scratching and a bare-foot little boy stand watching a dandified ape on horseback carrying a large banner lettered "Intangled by a Thizle/Nemo Me Impune Lac[esset]" showing a dove with a thistle in its beak surrounded by a circle of fleur-de-lis; the ape's approach to St. James’s Palace is barred by the Duke of Cumberland at the head of a troop of soliders one of whom carries the Royal Standard. In the background on the left is a fine building, the " Scotch Carp Pit Manufactory", from the window of which a herald blows a trumpet with a banner decorated with a dove carrying a thistle and fleur-de-lis; a large banner lettered "The Magic Circle/Design for His M[ajesty" with a crown over a boot surrounded by thistles hangs from a pole projecting from the manufactory. Beneath is etched, "with what judgement ye judge ye shall be judged Matt: Chap 7.2" and in larger letters, "In Justice to Mr. Hogarth the engraver of this Plate: Declares to the Publick. He took the hint of the Butifyer, from a print of Mr Pope White washing Lord Burlingtons Gate, at the same time Bespatring the rest of the Nobility." 1762
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Height: 249 millimetres
Width: 200 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- For the print of "Mr Pope White washing Lonrd Burlingtons Gate", see BM Satires 1873
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1998 Jan-April, USA, Berkeley AM, Hogarth and his Times
1998 Jun-Aug, Ottawa, NGC, Hogarth and his Times
1998 Sep-Nov, New York, Columbia Univ, Hogarth and his Times
2009 July-Oct, Nottingham Castle Mus & AG, Picturing Britain ...
2009/10 Nov-Feb, Edinburgh, NG of Scotland, Picturing Britain ...
2010 Mar-June, London, Royal Academy of Arts, Picturing Britain ...
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