A Birmingham toast, as given on the 14th of July by the - Revolution Society [graphic].
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- A Birmingham toast, as given on the 14th of July by the - Revolution Society [graphic].
- Gillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker
- Fores, S. W., publisher.
- Published / Created
- [23 July 1791]
- Publication Place
- Pubd. July 23d, 1791, by S.W. Fores, N. 3 Piccadilly
"Six men, seated and standing behind a table on which are decanters, punch-bowl, &c, drink a treasonous toast. This is given by Priestley (left) who stands in profile to the right, holding up an empty Communion dish and a brimming chalice, saying, "The------ [King's] Head, here!" Fox sits in the centre, raising his glass, his right hand on his heart; he looks up ecstatically, saying, "My Soul & Body, both, upon this Toast!!!" On his right. sits Sir Cecil Wray, saying, "O Heav'ns! why I would empty a Chelsea Pensioners small-beer barrel in such a cause!!" [see BMSat 7892]. On the extreme left Sheridan bends forward, avidly filling his glass from a decanter of Sherry; he says, "Damn my Eyes! but I'll pledge you that Toast tho Hell gapes for me." On Fox's left sits Horne Tooke, saying, "I have not drank so glorious a Toast since I was Parson of Brentford, & kept it up with Balf & McQuirk!" (He had tried to secure the execution of these two 'bludgeon men' for murder at the Middlesex Election of 1768; though convicted they were pardoned, see BMSats 4223-4226.) He grasps a decanter of 'Holland[s]' (perhaps indicating attachment to Fox, after previous hostility, cf. BMSat 7652). On the extreme right sits Dr. Lindsey, with (like Sheridan) a drink-blotched face; he drinks, saying, "Amen! Amen!" Before him are two decanters of 'Brandy'. Behind Horne Tooke and Lindsey stands a group of sanctimonious dissenters, with lank hair, much caricatured; three say respectively: "Hear our Prayers: & preserve us from Kings & Whores of Babylon!!!"; "Put enmity between us & the ungodly and bring down the Heads of all Tyrants & usurpers quickly good Lord - Hear us good Lord". and "O! grant the Wishes of thine inheritance". On the wall above Foxs head is a picture of St. Paul's Cathedral; from the façade emerge the heads of three pigs feeding from a trough. This is 'A Pig's-Stye \ a View from Hackney' (an allusion to Priestley's congregation at the Gravel Pit chapel. Hackney, where he had succeeded Price)."--British Museum online catalogue
Title etched below image.
Printmaker from British Museum catalogue.
Sheet trimmed within plate mark on three edges.
- 1 print : sheet 27.9 x 51 cm
- Extent of Digitization
- This object has been no.
- Lewis Walpole Library
- Call Number
- 791.07.23.01++ Impression 1
Subjects, Formats, And Genres
Caricatures and cartoons
Satires (Visual works) England 1791
Etchings England London 1791
Annotations (Provenance) 18th century
- etching ; and wove paper.
- Resource Type
- still image
- Subject (Name)
Tooke, John Horne, 1736-1812
Priestley, Joseph, 1733-1804
Wray, Cecil, Sir, 1734-1805
Fox, Charles James, 1749-1806
Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816
Lindsey, Theophilus, 1723-1808
Tooke, John Horne, 1736-1812 > Caricatures and cartoons
Priestley, Joseph, 1733-1804 > Caricatures and cartoons
Wray, Cecil, Sir, 1734-1805 > Caricatures and cartoons
Fox, Charles James, 1749-1806 > Caricatures and cartoons
Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816 > Caricatures and cartoons
Lindsey, Theophilus, 1723-1808 > Caricatures and cartoons
England > 1791
England > London > 1791
Riviere & Son > Binding
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley > Ownership
Harvey, Francis > Ownership
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