Shave Close, or the Political Barbers.How the Deuce Master Bull cou'd your Breast ever harbour ... Monsieur give a jog, - Then your Fates past escaping.
Etching, 170 x 260mm. 6ĺ x 10ľ".
Political satire: scene in a barberís shop, at centre John Bull being shaved by the Earl of Bute, who is assisted (right) by the Duc de Nivernois (1716 - 1798), French Ambassador to Britain for the conclusion of the peace 1762-63. The Duc, here halfway through dressing a wig on a stand, stands opposite a second assistant with his own wig, obviously a Sctosman. The familiar chief target is Prime Minister John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute (1713 - 1792), unpopular as a Scot and for his influence on the young George III. Pitt and the majority of public opinion opposed his concessions to France during the peace negotiations of 1762. Bute was blamed for making peace with France in 1763 at the expense of Prussia and was forced to resign, but continued to retain the King's confidence despite criticism of his role in public affairs. Eight lines of verse in two columns below image.
BM Satires 3959.
[Ref: 19498] £220.00