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[Fox and Pitt as a collier and a fuller.]

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1868,0808.5342

  • Title (object)

    • [Fox and Pitt as a collier and a fuller.]
  • Description

    Fox (left), leaning on a spade beside a heap of coals, holds out his left hand towards Pitt (right), who stands holding the reins of a pack-horse. A placard on a pole in the coal-heap is inscribed 'The Best sort of Opposition Coals to set the Nation in a Blase By Charles & Co. The coals are heaped over a low arch or culvert under which is the horned head of a devil among flames, representing a coal-pit. A flag, inscribed 'Fullers Earth to take the stains (Left by Old Servants) Out of Government', is fixed to the saddle-bags of Pitt's horse. Fox says, "Come Billy let Us Shake Hands & Unite". Pitt answers, "No No Charley Keep with Your Old Partner Under the Coals". Beneath the design is etched:

    'A Collier was very Earnest with a Fuller, pressing Him that they Two might take one House, & Live both together in It. My Friend, replied the Fuller, You must excuse Me: It would be very improper for us to Cohabit under the same Roof. No Pleasure nor Profit could accrue to me thereby; nor indeed could I expect Other than Troubles & Inconveniences from it. Consider with Your self how very Pretty it will be, when I have made Goods delicately clean, for You to make 'em as black as Your Coals. Aesop's Fables 88th.' 12 June 1784 Etching

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1784
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 207 millimetres
    • Width: 300 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered: 'P F Sold at No 34 King Street St Ann's Soho June 12th 1784'
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
    There was, of course, no question at this time of the co-operation of Pitt and Fox; for the Union' proposed by Powys and Marsham see BMSat 6413, &c.

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 6618 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Satires British 1784 Unmounted Roy)

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1868

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1868,0808.5342

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat)  Etching

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat) Etching

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