Etching with some stippling, 330 x 410mm. 13 x 16¼". A fine and scarce impression with full margins; (printer's) crease to upper part of plate.
Satirical French view of the royal reaction to the Treaty of Amiens, signed 25th March 1802 to temporarily end hostilities between the French Republic and the United Kingdom during the French Revolutionary Wars. With a wonderful expression of disgust, a seated George III kicks William Pitt's posterior with his right leg, while he strikes his shoulder with the sceptre. His left hand rests on a round table, and holds a pen with which he signs the peace treaty, registering silent anger; Pitt puts his right forefinger in his mouth and hurries off to the left, distressed and alarmed. The King's crown is falling from his head; his waistcoat is unbuttoned and his shirt escapes beneath it. His table is supported by intertwined dolphins. The consequent peace lasted only one year, and was the only period of peace during the so-called 'Great French War' between 1793 and 1815. Under the treaty, the United Kingdom recognised the French Republic; George III had only two years previously dropped the English crown's historical claim, dating back to 1340 and Edward III, to the now-defunct French Kingdom.
BM Satires: 9870.
[Ref: 16644] £280.00