Blue & buff charity, or, The patriarch of the Greek clergy applying for relief [graphic]
Lewis Walpole Library > Blue & buff charity, or, The patriarch of the Greek clergy applying for relief [graphic]
- Blue & buff charity, or, The patriarch of the Greek clergy applying for relief [graphic]
- Alternative Title
Blue and buff charity
Patriarch of the Greek clergy applying for relief
- Gillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker
- Humphrey, Hannah, active 1774-1817, publisher.
- Published / Created
- [12 June 1793]
- Publication Place
- Pubd. June 12th, 1793, by H. Humphrey, No. 18 Old Bond Street
"Fox, as a beggar, holds out his bonnet rouge to the door of the 'Crown & Anchor' tavern to catch the shower of dishonoured paper which the talons of the Devil are scattering; smoke and flames issue from the doorway. Fox, unkempt and unshaven, his tattered coat and breeches scarcely covering his naked body, has an expression of desperate eagerness; he holds under his coat a dagger which drips blood. From his coat-pocket project a dice-box and cards, the Knave of Clubs uppermost (cf. BMSat 6488). Behind him are his needy followers: Sheridan (a pair of pistols in his coat-pocket), M. A. Taylor, and Horne Tooke immediately behind him, also clutching concealed daggers and holding out their bonnets rouges. Close behind these are Hall the apothecary, Priestley, and Lord Stanhope, whose attitudes show that they too are clasping daggers and proffering caps for alms. From Hall's pocket protrude a syringe and a medicine-bottle labelled 'W. Pitt.' Three other heads are indicated. The Devil's words issue from the door among flames: "Dear Sir | Seldom have I experienced more heart-felt pleasure | "than now in executing the wishes of my Committee; - I flatter | "myself you will not be displeased with the convincing proof of the | "esteem of so many & so honorable persons; who far from imagining they | "are about to confer any obligations upon you, will think themselves | "honoured & obliged by your acceptance of their endeavours to be | "grateful for your unremitted efforts to effectuate | the Grand Object they have so deeply at heart." Fox answers: "Dear Sir - You will easily believe, that it is not | "mere form of words when I say, that I am wholly at a loss how | "to express my feelings upon the Charity which you are now in so kind a | "manner showering upon me, - In my wretched situation, to receive such a proof | "of the esteem of the Committee, - to be reliev'd at once from Contempt & Beggary! | "for such as me, to receive a Boon which even the most disinterested would think their | "lives well spent in obtaining! is a rare instance of felicity, which has been reserved for me; - | "It is with perfect sincerity that I declare, that in no other manner in which a Charity | "could have been bestow'd upon me, would have been so highly gratifying to every feeling | "of my heart, - I accept, therefore, with the most sincere gratitude, the bounty of the Committee | "and consider it as an additional obligation upon me, to adhere strictly to whatever mea- | "-sures the Committee may find it convenient to pursue; & to persevere thro' thick and thin | "in That line of conduct, to which alone, I am conscious, that I am indebted for this, as | "well as for every other mark of their approbation. - " Sheridan says: "Make haste, Charley! - make haste! - make haste! - for I long to have my turn come on; - I have been a Greek Emigrant a hell of a while, & relief could never come more seasonable: - and here's our "little Chicken" wants to peck up a little corn; & our old friend Blood & Brentford, the orthodox Parson, swears he has a right to a Particle; heres Glysterpipe expects to be paid for purging Administration; & old Phlogistick the Hackney Schoolmaster, expects some new Birmingham halfpence - besides ten Thousand more, with empty pockets, & hungry bellies, lads fit for any enterprize! who only want engagement; - but cannot get a Crust, before you are served! make haste Charley! - make haste! make haste." Over the tavern door is inscribed 'Whig Club'. The papers pouring into Fox's cap are inscribed 'Forged Notes' (twice), 'Swindlers Notes', 'Jews Bonds', 'Bankrupts Notes', 'Country Bank' (twice), 'Gamblers Notes', 'Blue & Buff Bonds', 'Forfeited Mortgages'."--British Museum online catalogue
Title etched below image.
Sheet trimmed within plate mark.
Temporary local subject terms: Allusion to the French Revolution -- Emblems: tricolored cockades -- Male costume: bonnet rouge -- Taverns: Crown and Anchor -- Weapons: daggers -- Subscriptions: subscription for Fox, 1793 -- Architectural details: doorway -- Gambling: cards and dicebox -- Allusion to the Whig party -- Banknotes -- Devil.
- 1 print : sheet 36 x 43 cm
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Subjects, Formats, And Genres
Caricatures and cartoons
Satires (Visual works) England 1793
Etchings England London 1793
Watermarks (Paper) J. Whatman 1794
- etching ; and wove paper hand-colored.
- Resource Type
- still image
- Subject (Name)
Fox, Charles James, 1749-1806
Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816
Taylor, Michael Angelo, 1757-1834
Tooke, John Horne, 1736-1812
Priestley, Joseph, 1733-1804
Stanhope, Charles Stanhope, Earl, 1753-1816
Hall, Edward, active 1784-1793
Fox, Charles James, 1749-1806 > Caricatures and cartoons
Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816 > Caricatures and cartoons
Taylor, Michael Angelo, 1757-1834 > Caricatures and cartoons
Tooke, John Horne, 1736-1812 > Caricatures and cartoons
Priestley, Joseph, 1733-1804 > Caricatures and cartoons
Stanhope, Charles Stanhope, Earl, 1753-1816 > Caricatures and cartoons
Hall, Edward, active 1784-1793 > Caricatures and cartoons
England > 1793
England > London > 1793
J. Whatman > 1794
Riviere & Son > Binding
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley > Ownership
Harvey, Francis > Ownership
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