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- Object: The ghost of the bill, or, C-rlt-n Palace haunted.
Heading to a printed broadside. The King, on a dais, sits at a table between Eldon and Castlereagh, with Liverpool (?) under the table (from fear). All are terrified at the Bill, a creature, surrounded by clouds, with stick-like limbs, supported on broken crutches and a body formed of a rolled document: 'Bill of Pains and Penalties'.
The apparition interrupts a Cabinet meeting, only three Ministers are depicted, others being mentioned; the King departs to Windsor to escape the Ghost, which has addressed them. The thirteenth and sixteenth of nineteen verses:
Two crutches supported its figure so drear,
Two props almost broken in pieces;
And as the wan spectre advanced to them near,
They saw one inscribed "Ministerial fear,"
On the other was, "Royal Caprices."
"Ah! see to my heart how fraud-hating Gr—y
His vigorous weapon home thrust:
Through here the bold sword of a L—nsd—n made way:
Noble H—ll—nd struck here with impetuous sway,
Uprous'd in a struggle so just.
Hand-coloured etching with letterpress text
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Height: 112 millimetres (plate)
Height: 327 millimetres (sheet)
Width: 174 millimetres (plate)
Width: 219 millimetres (sheet)
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', X, 1952)
See No. 13986; for these speeches, No. 14013; for 'Ministerial fear' cf. No. 13987.
Dated by M. D. George, November 1821.
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