The times [graphic].
- The times [graphic].
- Rowlandson, Thomas, 1756-1827, printmaker.
- Published / Created
- Copyright Date
- [December 1788]
- Publication Place
- "In the centre of the design is the Coronation Chair (in Westminster Abbey), raised on four steps. Britannia on the right of the Chair takes the hand of the Prince of Wales, who is on the left, to lead him up to it; each rests a foot on the lowest step, inscribed 'Voice of the People'. The other steps are 'Public Safety', 'Patriotism', 'Virtue'. Britannia points with her left hand at Pitt and three maniacal and screaming Furies on the right whom she is putting to flight. She says: "I have been long deceiv'd by Hypocrisy but have at last discovered an Intention of sacrifising the rights of my people to satisfy a private ambition". Pitt, fleeing terror-struck, turns his head to say: A long farewell to all my greatness. From his pocket protrude papers inscribed 'Shop Tax' and Commutation. The Furies are half-naked hags with writhing serpents for hair; one, whose belt is inscribed 'Falshood', holds in one hand serpents, in the other a flaming torch inscribed 'Rebellion'; 'Envy' tears her hair, shrieking. The British lion, beside Pitt, looks from behind Britannia's shield at his mistress, roaring angrily. The Prince is being ushered to the throne by 'Liberty' and Justice, who are pretty young women carrying their accustomed symbols. Commerce reclines on the extreme left, leaning on a bale inscribed 'Commerce', and looking admiringly up at her two companions. The Lord Mayor, followed by other citizens, advances from the left, carrying the mace; the arms of the City decorate his gown. He says: "Whilst we mourn the occasion we must feel ourselves happy in reflecting that we are blessed by a Prince whose wisdom will protect our liberties, whose Virtues will afford stability to Empire". The background is a wall with Gothic mouldings and windows. A crown is suspended above the Chair."--British Museum online catalogue.
Attributed to Rowlandson in the British Museum catalogue.
Date of publication from British Museum catalogue; a questionable date of 1783 is given by Grego.
Sheet trimmed within plate mark.
Title etched below image.
- 1 print : etching on laid paper, hand-colored ; sheet 31.5 x 44 cm
- Extent of Digitization
- Completely digitized
- Call Number
- Auchincloss Rowlandson v. 1
- Collection Title
- The political and humourous works of Thomas Rowlandson, 1774-1825
- Collection/Other Creator
- Harvey, Francis
- Collection Created
- Container / Volume Information
- Vol. 1 (Box 1 of 2) | Folder I-22a
Subjects, Formats, And Genres
- still image
Satires (Visual works)--England--1788.
- Subject (Name)
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley--Ownership.
George--IV,--King of Great Britain,--1762-1830--Caricatures and cartoons.
Pitt, William,--1759-1806--Caricatures and cartoons.
Riviere & Son Binding.
- Subject (Topic)
- Britannia (Symbolic character),--depicted.
Access And Usage Rights
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- Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 6, no. 7386 and Grego, J. Rowlandson the caricaturist, v. 1, page 110
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