The modern Hercules, cleansing the Augean stable [graphic].
- The modern Hercules, cleansing the Augean stable [graphic].
- Rowlandson, Thomas, 1756-1827, printmaker.
- Copyright Date
- [23 April 1805]
- "The interior of a stable. On the right are horses with human heads ; behind, in a niche and partly cut off by the left margin, stands a mitred abbot. He is 'The Abbot of Saint Stephen' (the Speaker). In the foreground (left) stands Whitbread, a brawny and handsome Hercules, with bare legs and arms ; he flings the contents of a huge tankard of 'Whitbreads Intire' [see No. 10421] at the heels of the nearest horse. This clumsy animal has the head and wig of Melville ; he kicks, saying, 'What the Deel is the is the man a boot.' Under his forelegs is a broom inscribed 'Will force's [Wilberforce's] Broom for Suppression of Vice.' Behind Melville appear the head and four legs of Trotter, who says apprehensively : 'Attack the Gallopers I am only a poor Trotter.' Behind him is Pitt, a very lean horse, saying, 'I am afraid we shall be all drench'd in turn.' Behind him is a crown of barely differentiated ministerialists, the foremost has some resemblance to Castlereagh ; behind him is (?) Canning, who exclaimes : 'Who could have expected this.' Beside Melville, and on the extreme right, is a large chest : 'Private Chest for Stray provendor' ; on it stand money bags. Along the wall over the heads of the horses is a rack with partitions inscribed : 'Treasury Stall, Army Stall, Navy Stall'; these are heaped with money-bags. Below the title: 'Augeus a King of Elis, had a stable, which was not cleansed for thirty years-yet Hurcules cleaned it, in one day. Vid Heathen Mythology."--British Museum catalogue.
Attributed to Rowlandson by Grego.
Title etched below image.
- 1 print : etching on wove paper, hand-colored ; sheet 23.8 x 33.6 cm
- Extent of Digitization
- Completely digitized
- Call Number
- Auchincloss Rowlandson v. 8
Subjects, Formats, And Genres
- still image
Satires (Visual works)--England--1805.
- Subject (Name)
Abbot, Charles,--Baron Colchester,--1757-1829--Caricatures and cartoons.
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley--Ownership.
Dundas, Henry,--1742-1811--Caricatures and cartoons.
Rowlandson, Thomas, 1756-1827, publisher.
Whitbread, Samuel,--1764-1815--Caricatures and cartoons.
Wilberforce, William,--1759-1833--Caricatures and cartoons.
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- Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 8, no. 10390 and Grego, J. Rowlandson the caricaturist, v. 2, page 49
- Orbis Record