Published 14th May 1782 by C.Bretherton.
Etching on thick watermarked laid paper, 175 x 110mm. 7 x 4¼". Uncut with large margins.
Caricature portrait of Robert Nugent, Earl Nugent (1702 - 1788), bending forward, his head in profile to the left, his right hand extended, his hat in his left hand; as if speaking in the House of Commons. Nugent was noted for speeches in a rich brogue and for his support of every Ministry in turn. An Irish peer and M.P. for St. Mawes, he was nicknamed 'Squire Gawkey' and was also called "the old rat of the Constitution". By James Sayers (1748 - 1823). Sayers's caricatures were so powerful and direct in their purpose that Fox is said to have declared that they did him more harm than all the attacks made on him in parliament or the press. Numbered '8' upper left. The publisher Charles Bretherton (c.1760 fl - 1783) was the younger brother of James Bretherton.
BM Satires 6059. NPG D9882.
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