[The Duke of Grafton.]
Published 14th May 1782 by C.Bretherton [crossed].
Etching on thick watermarked laid paper, 175 x 110mm. 7 x 4¼". Uncut, large margins.
Caricature portrait of Augustus Henry Fitzroy, 3rd Duke of Grafton (1735 - 1811); standing in profile to the left, his hands both thrust into his waistcoat. He wears a bag-wig, sword, and ruffles. Grafton became Prime Minister in 1768, and led an unstable Government for two years from 1768 to 1770. He was Lord Privy Seal in North's Ministry from June 1771 to November 1775, and again became Lord Privy Seal under Rockingham, retaining office under Shelburne, whose fall was made inevitable by his resignation on 20 February 1783. 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 faintly '9'? upper left. The publisher Charles Bretherton (c.1760 fl - 1783) was the younger brother of James Bretherton.
BM Satires 6060. NPG D9769.
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