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- Object: The funeral procession of Broad-Bottom.
The procession has advanced to the door of a church (r.) which a parson closes, dropping his prayer-book, open at the 'Burial Service'. Only his arms and robe are visible; he says: " - no Burial here, for Broad-Bottom: - he died a Roman; - besides, - 'tis a felo-de-se case; - take him to the next 4 cross-roads; & the Family has a large Stake always ready!" Only the acolyte at the head of the procession has realized this check: little Lord Henry Petty drops his bell and candle and capers in dismay. The three pall-bearers (a fourth is hidden behind the coffin) are (l. to r.) Sidmouth, Lord St. Vincent, and Windham. All wear mourning hats, scarves, and cloaks, and clutch handkerchiefs, weeping large tears. Below the coffin are seen the robes and bare sandalled feet of monks. On the top of the coffin is Grenville, face downwards, and showing the back of his wig, and a dome- shaped hump denoting his famous 'broad-bottom' (see BMSat 10530). At the four corners are ostrich plumes. On a placard on the side of the pall: 'Gul: Baro: de Broad-Bottom Obiit die Martis 24° A: D. 1807'. Behind the coffin walks the Pope, in his tiara and robes, weeping and supported between the Marquis of Buckingham and his son Lord Temple. Both weep with gestures of extravagant grief; both are dressed as priests. Behind, thin and ascetic, is Howick, a barefooted monk, holding up the Pope's long robes. Behind walk arm-in-arm, both shambling and dissipated, Sheridan clutching a bottle of 'Brandy' and General Fitzpatrick, from whose pocket hangs a paper: 'Tears of Hedge Lane' [a squalid resort of prostitutes in Westminster]. Both wear mourning hats, scarves, and cloaks. Next, Erskine and Ellenborough walk together; Erskine claps to his eye his beloved and discarded Chancellor's wig. At the end of the procession and on the extreme left. are Lauderdale and Moira wearing his cocked hat with a mourning scarf and cloak. All weep, registering deep distress. There is a landscape background.
See BMSat 10709, &c. Before the Army Bill the Ministry appeared firmly established: Auckland thought it 'political suicide' ('Journal and Corr.' iv. 307 f.); Sheridan complained of the folly of giving the King so popular a pretext for their dismissal, see BMSat 10727. For the 'large Stake' of 'the Family' see BMSat 10721, &c Cf. W. H. Ireland, 'All the Blocks', 1807:
'How chang'd the blissful prospect! - sad reverse!
True mourners marching after Gr-nv-lle's hearse -' 6 April 1807
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Height: 248 millimetres
Width: 626 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VIII, 1947)
For other funerals of vanished Whig hopes see BMSats 7526 (1789), 9258 (1798).
Grego, 'Gillray', p. 346. Wright and Evans, No. 328. Reprinted, 'G.W.G.', 1830.
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Associated with: Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth
Associated with: George Nugent Temple Grenville, 1st Marquess of Buckingham
Associated with: Edward Law, 1st Baron Ellenborough
Associated with: Thomas Erskine, 1st Baron Erskine
Associated with: Right Hon Richard Fitzpatrick
Associated with: William Wyndham Grenville, Baron Grenville
Associated with: Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey
Associated with: James Maitland, 8th Earl of Lauderdale
Associated with: Francis Rawdon Hastings, 1st Marquess of Hastings and 2nd Earl of Moira
Associated with: Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne
Associated with: Pope Pius VII
Associated with: John Jervis, Earl of St Vincent
Associated with: Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Associated with: William Windham
Associated with: Richard Grenville, 1st Duke of Buckingham and Chandos
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