The Quere? which will give the best heat to a British Constitution Pitt, Newcastle, or a Scotch coal.No 1 this Alter is built of Freeston & is Furnishd with Pit coal ... not fit to be used. [Key below image.]
Etching, 225 x 355mm. 9 x 14".
Political satire: three numbered burning altars; one is attended by Britannia and guarded by William Pitt, at a second (decorated with the Lion Rampant) pray two Scotsmen, and a third (far left) - of sluggish flame and “loaded with Newcastle coal” - is cracked and neglected. Lord Bute approaches from left, encouraging two gentlemen to follow. The familiar chief target is John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute (1713 - 1792), unpopular as a Scot and for his influence on the young George III. Also attacked is Thomas Pelham-Holles, Duke of Newcastle (1693 - 1768), a master of political patronage who initially supported Bute but was later in coalition with Bute’s opponent Pitt. As Prime Minister 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.
BM Satires 3735.
[Ref: 19501] £240.00