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Picture of Europe for July 1772

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  • Title (object)

    • Picture of Europe for July 1772
  • Description

    A group of seven monarchs wearing crowns and ermine-trimmed robes. At a table sit three who are studying a large map inscribed "Map of the Kingdom of Poland". They are evidently Catherine II of Russia, Frederick of Prussia, and the Emperor. Facing them (l.) sits a king whose crown is broken, his head is bowed, his hands are tied behind his back, evidently Stanislaus II of Poland. Behind the three studying the map, two standing monarchs (r.) look on with expressions of concern, they are Louis XV (indicated by fleur-de-lys) and Charles III of Spain. In a chair on the extreme right. George III lies back fast asleep; his chair is inscribed "Brit. . ." . Behind Stanislaus (l.) sits a bearded man with an elaborate triple turban; his wrists and ankles are chained; he probably represents the Grand Signor of Turkey with whom Catharine was at war. Above the map of Poland hang scales inscribed "The Ballance of Power"; on the lighter scale is a label inscribed "Great Britain". July 1772 Etching


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    • 1772
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 113 millimetres
    • Width: 177 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
    Probably from a magazine. A satire on the first Partition of Poland, the Russo-Prussian treaty for which was signed 17 Feb. 1772, the partition taking place 5 May 1772, and on the first Russo-Turkish War (1768-74). Evidently by the same artist as BMSat 5222; both depict George III as regardless of England's interests and blind to events in Europe. For the attitude of the Government to the situation, see a Cabinet Minute of Nov. 1772 in 'The Sandwich Papers', ed. G. R. Barnes and J. H. Owen, 1932, pp. 30-2. George III was by no means blind to the Polish question, see a remarkable paper in his handwriting in 'Corr. of George III', ed. Fortescue, ii. 428-9. See BMSat 4958, 5110, 5124, 5222, 5229.


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    • BM Satires 4957 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Satires British 1772 Unmounted Roy)

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    Prints & Drawings

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