The fall of Phaeton, the blow-up of the Whig Club, or, The Majesty of the People [graphic].
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- The fall of Phaeton, the blow-up of the Whig Club, or, The Majesty of the People [graphic].
- Alternative Title
- Majesty of the People
- Fores, S. W., publisher.
- Published / Created
- [17 November 1798]
- Publication Place
- Pub. Novr. 17, 1798, by S.W. Fores, No. 50 Piccadilly, corner of Sachville St.
"Fox as Phaeton falls head first from his chariot, smitten by thunderbolts issuing from the mouth of George III (left), whose head is surrounded by the rays of the sun. The chariot is drawn by three animals and by a winged dragon inscribed 'Ambition', from whose mouth issues a barbed fang and the words 'Aut Cæzar aut Nullus' (cf. BMSat 6380, &c). The animals are (1) 'Duplicity', with a wolf's head concealed by a mask with human features; it says: "Whats Duplicity, Why, Coalesing with the Man that 'deserved a Halter"" (North, see BMSat 6187, &c). (2) Patriotism, a similar beast holding in its mouth a staff supporting a cap of Liberty from which drop coins; it says: "Whats Patriotism? a Pension to oppose the Government" (cf. BMSat 8331, &c). (3) 'Whiggism' with two human profiles, one scowling, the other saying, with a cynical smile: "Whats Whiggism? why, that the Prince of Wales has a right to be regent without the consent of the People" (see BMSat 7381, &c). Behind the chariot stand three footmen with tags on their shoulders, who are being dislodged by the King's thunderbolts. They are the Duke of Norfolk, Erskine, and Sheridan. The thunderbolts are inscribed (four times) 'Maidstone Oaths' (see BMSat 9245, &c.) and 'Majesty of the People' (see BMSats 9168, 9205, &c). Below the clouds (right) and on a small scale is a view of the 'Shakespeare Tavern', on fire; members escape from a ground-floor window. Above, the interior of a room on the first floor is seen, a dinner of the Whig Club interrupted by the conflagration, the members fleeing in confusion. Among them is a stout parson, probably Dr. Parr."--British Museum online catalogue
Title etched below image.
Printseller's announcement following publication statement: Folios of caracatures [sic] lent out for the evening.
Temporary local subject terms: Vehicles: phaeton -- Thunderbolts -- Domestic service: footmen -- Dragons -- Emblems: cap of liberty -- Sun: George III as Helios -- Buildings: Shakespeare's Tavern -- Meetings: Whig Club dinner -- Fires -- Reference to Arthur O'Connor's trial at Maidstone.
- 1 print : plate mark 34.2 x 39.7 cm, on sheet 36 x 43 cm
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Subjects, Formats, And Genres
Caricatures and cartoons
Satires (Visual works) England 1798
Etchings England London 1798
- etching ; and wove paper.
- Resource Type
- still image
- Subject (Name)
George III, King of Great Britain, 1738-1820
Fox, Charles James, 1749-1806
Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816
Norfolk, Charles Howard, Duke of, 1746-1815
Erskine, Thomas Erskine, Baron, 1750-1823
George III, King of Great Britain, 1738-1820 > Caricatures and cartoons
Fox, Charles James, 1749-1806 > Caricatures and cartoons
Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816 > Caricatures and cartoons
Norfolk, Charles Howard, Duke of, 1746-1815 > Caricatures and cartoons
Erskine, Thomas Erskine, Baron, 1750-1823 > Caricatures and cartoons
England > 1798
England > London > 1798
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