"Improvement in weights & measures", or, Sir John Seeclear discovering [the] ballance of [the] British flag [graphic]
Lewis Walpole Library > "Improvement in weights & measures", or, Sir John Seeclear discovering [the] ballance of [the] British flag [graphic]
- "Improvement in weights & measures", or, Sir John Seeclear discovering [the] ballance of [the] British flag [graphic]
- Alternative Title
"Improvement in weights and measures"
Sir John Seeclear discovering the ballance of the British flag
- Gillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker
- Humphrey, Hannah, active 1774-1817, publisher.
- Published / Created
- [1 December 1798]
- Publication Place
- Pubd. Decr. 1st, 1798, by H. Humphrey, 27 St. James's Street
"Sinclair, tall and thin, stands full-face, holding up in his right hand a balance (steelyard, or stilliard) inscribed 'Vive le Egalité'. A large British flag at the right end of the beam much outweighs a bunch of objects at the other; three documents:  'Navy of England to be retaind viz: 50000 Seamen & half a Dozen Ships of War - 500000 Sailors to be sent to plant Potatoes.'  '10 000 heavy reasons for giving the Enemy a fair chance of getting out of their Ports.'  'Advantages of cold oeconomy'. Below these are bunches of turnips, carrots, a cabbage, the whole terminating in a pendent bonnet-rouge. Sinclair is fashionably dressed, wearing a hat, half-boots, ill-fitting coat, and overcoat almost to the ankles. On a heavily draped writing-table (right) are three large volumes: 'Improvements in the Art of Political Dunging and Pursuits of Agriculture.' A paper: 'The Apostate Laird - a Parliamentary Romance - together with Loss of the Agricultural Arm' Chair. On the wall (right) is a picture of three pigs feeding at a trough of 'Democratic Verbosity'; this is 'Pigs Meat: or new method of feeding the Swinish Multitude' [see BMSat 8500, &c.]. Beside it is a placard: 'Table of Weights & Measures laid down upon the true democratic Principle of the Stilliards of Egalité'. A patterned carpet completes the design."--British Museum online catalogue
Title etched below image.
Temporary local subject terms: Scales -- Flags: British flag -- Food: vegetables -- Bonnet rouge -- Pictures amplifying subject -- Writing materials: inkstand.
Watermark: 1794 J Whatman.
Subject identified in contemporary hand below title.
- 1 print : plate mark 36.4 x 25.6 cm, on sheet 49 x 31 cm
- Extent of Digitization
- This object has been no.
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Subjects, Formats, And Genres
Caricatures and cartoons
Satires (Visual works) England 1798
Etchings England London 1798
Watermarks (Paper) J Whatman 1794
Annotations (Provenance) 18th century
- etching ; and wove paper hand-colored.
- Resource Type
- still image
- Subject (Name)
- Sinclair, John, Sir, 1754-1835
Sinclair, John, Sir, 1754-1835 > 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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