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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • [Envy.]
  • Description

    A serpent with a human head, having satyr's ears, rises on its tail which issues from an inverted earl's coronet. The body is coiled in a horizontal figure of eight, the head is in profile to the right, glaring fiercely, words issuing from the mouth in a blast: 'let the Minority go to the Bell'. No title, above the design:

    'All human Virtue to its latest breath
    Finds Envy never conquered but by death' 11 February 1796 [So dated by Miss Banks; presumably the date or purchase]
    Hand-coloured etching


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  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1796
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 229 millimetres
    • Width: 189 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Dated on the verso by Sarah Banks
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
    Perhaps a satire on the Earl of Abingdon, eccentric and reputed foolish, who opposed the Treason and Sedition Bills, see BMSat 8687, &c. There is some resemblance to Abingdon, none to the leading Opposition peers. No debate in the Lords is reported in the 'Parl. Hist.' between 2 Dec. 1795 and 4 Mar. 1796. Cf. BMSat 8520.


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 8784 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Satires British 1796 Unmounted Roy)

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number


FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat)   Hand-coloured etching

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat) Hand-coloured etching

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