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- Object: The noble sans-culotte.
Heading to printed verses: 'A Ballad, Occasioned by a Certain Earl's styling himself a Sans Culotte Citizen in the House of Lords.' Stanhope, wearing a bonnet-rouge inscribed 'Liberty', tramples on a scroll inscribed 'A Deo et Rege', beside which lies his (overturned) earl's coronet. He capers bare-legged, his breeches flutter to the ground from his left hand. In his right is a tricolour flag inscribed 'Vive l Egalite'; the flagstaff is surmounted by an ass's head, which looks down at Stanhope, who looks ecstatically up at it, his head turned in profile to the left. Above the design: "---off, off, ye lendings."
Stanhope, his coronet, breeches, and flag, are in full light, the rest of the design is in shadow, clouds forming a background. On the left three members of the House of Lords flee, their backs towards him: the Lord Chancellor (Loughborough), in hat, wig, and robes, as the Speaker of the Lords, carrying a document: 'Vote of the House of Lords One Dissentient Stan[hope]'. Next him is a judge carrying 'Magna Charta'; the third is a bishop with a 'Bible' under his arm. On the right four ladies, one elderly, the others young (presumably his wife and daughters), hasten in alarm away from Stanhope. The first and third of fifteen verses:
'Rank character, distinction, fame,
And noble birth forgot,
Hear St****pe, modest Earl, proclaim
Himself a Sans Culotte!
But, thrown away on lordly ears,
His counsel none attend;
No pattern take his brother Peers
By St****pe's Latter End.' 3 May 1794
Etching and aquatint above letterpress verse
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Height: 205 millimetres (plate-mark)
Height: 493 millimetres (sheet)
Width: 256 millimetres (plate-mark)
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
A satire on Stanhope's speech and resolution of 4 Apr. 1794, when he condemned intervention in the affairs of France and read (to the bench of bishops) a passage from I Samuel, ch. viii, to prove that kings were a curse to mankind. The Lord Chancellor refused to read the preamble to the resolution from the Woolsack, it was negatived unanimously, and on Grenville's motion was expunged from the Lords' Journals. 'Parl. Hist.' xxxi. 141-7, 198-205; 'Ann. Reg.' 1794, pp. 211-12; Stanhope and Gooch, 'Life of Charles, third Earl Stanhope', pp. 130-1. Print described, ibid., p. 153. The (anonymous) verses are by G. Huddesford, and are reprinted in 'Crambe Repetita', 1799, pp. 73-5. See BMSats 8468, 8640. For Stanhope and the bishops, cf. BMSats 8426, 8442, &c. Cf. also BMSat 8365, &c.
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