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Which way shall I turn me how shall I decide.

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  • Title (object)

    • Which way shall I turn me how shall I decide.
  • Description

    Fox sits on the ground, contemplating suicide. His hair rises in horror as he listens to words which dart towards him in the guise of flashes of lightning: 'Thy Country Expatriate thee'; 'Thy Crony's Impeach thee' [cf. BMSat 7861]; 'The Wigs forsake thee' [cf. BMSat 8315]; 'The Prince discards thee' [cf. BMSat 8311]; 'Thy Friends Abjure thee'; 'The People despise thee'; 'All true friends to their King & Constitution Abhor thee' [cf. BMSat 8287]. Two messages (left) are surrounded with rays: 'The Sans Culottes admire thee'; 'The Poissards Love thee'. In Fox's right hand is a dagger, under his left hand is a large bowl of 'Poison'. Beside him (left) is a gallows inscribed 'Pro Patria', from which hangs a noose. 25 March 1793.
    Hand-coloured etching


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  • Date

    • 1793
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 254 millimetres
    • Width: 350 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title, text within, artist's name and publishing details: '[I. Cruikshank.] Pub: March 25 1793 by S W Fores No 3 Piccadilly where may be seen a completest Collection of Caricatures in Europe Also a Correct Model of the Guillotine 6 feet High Admitt 1 Shilling'
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
    Cf. BMSat 6191 (1783) in which Fox is offered by the Devil the choice of dagger, pistol, halter, poison. One of many prints of Fox as a Jacobin, cf. BMSat 8286.

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 8317 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Unmounted Roy)

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FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat).  25 March 1793.  Hand-coloured etching


FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 25 March 1793. Hand-coloured etching

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