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- Object: A May day garland for 1820.
Ministers and others, holding hands, caper in a ring round a pole to which are symmetrically attached the decollated heads of the Cato Street conspirators executed on 1 May, see No. 13707, &c. Between Sidmouth and the smiling Castlereagh is a man wearing a black mask, and with a blood-stained knife in his mouth, perhaps one of the two who turned King's evidence. On the right, taking Castlereagh's left hand, is the Attorney-General, Gifford, grinning diabolically. Holding Sidmouth's left hand is Vansittart (in his gown). Facing these two are Canning and Chief Justice Abbott in his robes. Four others are poorly characterized. They dance to a fiddle played by Edwards who sits on a grassy mound (right), with an empty gibbet behind his head. He says: "Dance away my Friends, I have been the cause of all this fun by your Help and Money. "Edwards the Instigator!!!"
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Height: 235 millimetres
Width: 340 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', X, 1952)
Edwards (cf. No. 13729), an agent of the Home Office, was confidante rather than instigator: he is inevitably associated (as by Lamb) with the villainous Oliver and Castles, see No. 12888.
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- Associated Event: The Cato Street Conspiracy 1820
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