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- Object: Democratic leveling;_Alliance a la Françoise;_or_the Union of the Coronet & Clyster_pipe.
Fox and Sheridan officiate at the wedding of Lady Lucy Stanhope and an apothecary who is made up of medical implements. The bride is a pretty girl wearing a feathered hat from which a transparent veil falls over her face. Stanhope (left), without breeches, and wearing a bonnet-rouge, stooping in profile to the right, pushes her towards the bridegroom who is placing a ring on her finger; from his coat-pocket protrudes a three-masted vessel flying a tricolour flag (see BMSat 8640). The bridegroom, Taylor, is also a sansculotte; his posteriors are formed of a syringe, his body is a mortar, from which issues a pestle supporting a bonnet-rouge. His arm is made of two medicine-phials.
Fox stands full-face behind the altar balustrade holding open Paine's 'Rights of Man' (see BMSat 7867, &c). He wears surplice and bands. Sheridan stands (right) in profile to the left, reading from 'Thelwal's Lectures' (cf. BMSat 8685), he wears a lay coat with bands; both wear bonnets-rouges. On the wall which forms a background, and immediately above Fox, is a large picture, 'Shrine of Equality': three men wearing bonnets-rouges officiate at a guillotine; the blade is about to fall on a man wearing a ducal coronet; other peers stand (right) waiting their turn. On the ground by the guillotine lie coronets which have just been chopped off. 4 March 1796
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Height: 361 millimetres
Width: 259 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
Lady Lucy Stanhope married Mr. Taylor, a surgeon of Sevenoaks, on 26 Apr, 1796; 'Citizen' Stanhope (cf. BMSat 8448, &c.) treated the match as a misalliance. Stanhope and Gooch, 'Life of Charles', third Earl Stanhope, pp. 238-9 (reproduction).
Grego, 'Gillray', p. 201. Wright and Evans, No. 146. Reprinted, 'G.W.G.', 1830.
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