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- Object: Going to War, or the French Hog in armour and the Spanish Ass in the Pound!!!
Louis XVIII (left), in grotesque armour, and with gouty be-flanelled legs, flourishes a crutch in each hand, addressing the front rank of a French army. He wears a cavalry helmet, back to front, a sword, and the order of the Saint Esprit which is labelled Military Order of the Holy Ghost. He says:
Ye pads, ye scamps, ye divers, you're all upon the lay,
Come buckle on your knapsacks, be off and trot away,
To thrash these Rebel rascals you one and all must pack, ['all' added in pen.]
While I your King and Leader, will stay here till you come back!!!
At his feet is a pyramid of cannon-balls: Pills from the Holy Alliance [cf. BM Satires 9544]. He faces discontented foot-soldiers standing at attention with fixed bayonets. They have a white flag inscribed The old one with the Nap worn off, the shaft is surmounted by a duck or goose. An officer stands with legs astride at the end of the front rank, flourishing his sword; he is evidently the duc d'Angoulême, who was in command of the army. They are on a plateau, to which French cavalry are riding up from a valley (right). Behind them is a jagged line of mountains, Pyrenees.
On a mound beyond the mountains where they slant to the right is Ferdinand VII with an ass's head seated timorously on a throne, his crown balanced on one ear. The throne is enclosed by a railing inscribed Cortes Pound. He says: How will all this end? I'd rather be making another flannel petticoat for the Virgin. Outside the railing Spanish dons, in cloaks and trunk-hose, dance hand in hand; they shout: Monsieur come here if you dare, by Jove but we'll handle you cleverly. From this mound (representing Spain) the Devil flies upwards carrying off a Jesuit, a monk, and a priest; hats are waved to cheer the departure. He says: I've stop'd for you long enough but'll wait no longer so come along. 31 January 1823
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Height: 235 millimetres
Width: 332 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', X, 1952)
See No. 14497, &c. The French army was in a threatening position on the frontier; violations of French territory were alleged. Fallacious hopes of peace were entertained in England. On 28 Jan. Louis XVIII made an inflammatory speech to the Chambers, see No. 14503. For Ferdinand VII as the Spanish Mule and for his petticoat for the Virgin see No. 12508. For the Church in Spain cf. No. 13009. The Neo-Holy Alliance, at Verona, had approved military intervention in Spain. See Ann. Reg., 1823, pp. 148 ft, 180 ff.; Comb. Hist, of British Foreign Policy, ii. 55 ff.
De Vinck, No. 10881.
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