The raft in danger, or, The republican crew disappointed [graphic]
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- The raft in danger, or, The republican crew disappointed [graphic]
- Alternative Title
- Republican crew disappointed
- Cruikshank, Isaac, 1756?-1811?, printmaker
- Fores, S. W., publisher.
- Published / Created
- Janry. 28, 1798.
- Publication Place
- Published by S.W. Fores, N. 50 Piccadilly
"Leaders of the Opposition (left) turn a windlass which drags towards the shore a fantastic and enormous raft laden with French troops. They push against horizontal levers which pass through the broad centre-post on which the rope is wound; on the top of this Lauderdale, in Highland dress and on a smaller scale than the others, plays the bagpipes, from which issue the words: 'Over the Water & over the Sea, And over the Raft to Charlie.' He capers to his tune; a tricolour flag flies from his instrument. The most prominent figure is Fox, advancing full-face, and looking to the raft with a satisfied smile; he says, "Pull away Citizens". Behind him, the rope between them, is Bedford in riding-dress; under his arm is a book: 'Bedford on Agriculter' (cf. BMSat 8648). Opposite Fox is Tierney, saying, "We must take care to keep clear of the Rope". From his pocket hangs a paper: 'Borough Influence' (he was M.P. for Southwark, 'the Borough', cf. BMSat 9045). Sheridan, pushing hard in profile to the left, says: "Ah! The Rope We must avoid it if possible". Norfolk, on the extreme left, puts a hand on Tierney's lever; he says: "Hark Ther's a Storm coming. I hear Thunder." They walk on a circular track by the edge of a cliff. On the ground is a large open book: 'President of the Directory CIF. [Fox] Deputy a Bedfordshire Bull [cf. BMSat 8684]'. On it lies a 'Norfolk Cheese'. Behind (left) is a gallows inscribed 'Tierney' (almost obliterated) from which hangs a corpse. In the background is a hill on the summit of which is an encampment with massed troops flying the British flag. The raft nears the shore but is about to be overwhelmed by vast waves blown up by blasts from the mouths of Dundas, the King, and Pitt, whose heads emerge from dark clouds. Dundas, in profile to the left, aims his blast at the windlass; in it (right to left) are the names: 'Jack Ketch'; 'Addington, Bond, Staples [Bow Street justices]'; 'Macnamara Fugion, Macmanus, Townsend, Jelous' [Bow Street officers or 'runners']. The King and Pitt aim directly at the raft; from the mouth of the former (full-face) issue the names 'St Vincent, Pasley, Duncan, Pellew, Nelson'; from that of Pitt (in profile to the right): 'Trollope, Thomson, Bridport, Onslow, Pringle'. In the centre of the raft is a massive fortress manned with troops; from it flies a huge tricolour flag inscribed 'Liberty and Equality'. The fort is surrounded by tents; outside there are soldiers in close formation with bayonets. The outer edge is flanked by turrets, each having a (tricolour) flag inscribed: 'Plunder'; 'Regecides Paricides'; 'Deism Atheism'; 'Robbery'; 'Murder & Ravishmt'; 'Torture'; 'Blood & Rapine'; 'Cruelty & lust'; 'Barbar[ity]'. The motive force is given by wheels worked by windmills, and by large oars. In the bows is a guillotine surmounted by a bonnet-rouge; another guillotine decorates the stern. Behind the raft (left) advance ships of war. In the foreground, flying over the agitated sea like stormy petrels, are three winged heads (right to left): Erskine, Stanhope, and (?) Thelwall. Lauderdale, Fox, Sheridan, Norfolk, and Stanhope wear bonnets-rouges."--British Museum online catalogue
Title etched below image.
Publisher's advertisement following imprint: Folios of caricatures lent out for the evening.
Sheet partially trimmed within plate mark on top edge.
- 1 print : plate mark 26.2 x 69.3 cm, on sheet 28 x 72 cm
- Extent of Digitization
- This object has been no.
- Lewis Walpole Library
- Call Number
- Drawer 798.01.28.01
Subjects, Formats, And Genres
Caricatures and cartoons
Satires (Visual works) England 1798
Etchings England London 1798
Watermarks (Paper) J. Whatman 1794
- etching ; and wove paper.
- Resource Type
- still image
- Subject (Name)
George III, King of Great Britain, 1738-1820
Melville, Henry Dundas, Viscount, 1742-1811
Norfolk, Charles Howard, Duke of, 1746-1815
Fox, Charles James, 1749-1806
Tierney, George, 1761-1830
Bedford, Francis Russell, Duke of, 1765-1802
Erskine, Thomas Erskine, Baron, 1750-1823
Lauderdale, James Maitland, Earl of, 1759-1839
Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816
Pitt, William, 1759-1806
Stanhope, Charles Stanhope, Earl, 1753-1816
Thelwall, John, 1764-1834
George III, King of Great Britain, 1738-1820 > Caricatures and cartoons
Melville, Henry Dundas, Viscount, 1742-1811 > Caricatures and cartoons
Norfolk, Charles Howard, Duke of, 1746-1815 > Caricatures and cartoons
Fox, Charles James, 1749-1806 > Caricatures and cartoons
Tierney, George, 1761-1830 > Caricatures and cartoons
Bedford, Francis Russell, Duke of, 1765-1802 > Caricatures and cartoons
Erskine, Thomas Erskine, Baron, 1750-1823 > Caricatures and cartoons
Lauderdale, James Maitland, Earl of, 1759-1839 > Caricatures and cartoons
Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816 > Caricatures and cartoons
Pitt, William, 1759-1806 > Caricatures and cartoons
Stanhope, Charles Stanhope, Earl, 1753-1816 > Caricatures and cartoons
Thelwall, John, 1764-1834 > Caricatures and cartoons
England > 1798
England > London > 1798
J. Whatman > 1794
Riviere & Son > Binding
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley > Ownership
Harvey, Francis > Ownership
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