[The Earl of Effingham.]
Published 14th May 1782 by C.Bretherton.
Etching on thick watermarked laid paper, 175 x 110mm. 7 x 4¼". A fine impression with wide margins.
Caricature portrait of Thomas Howard, 3rd Earl of Effingham (1746 - 1791; standing in profile to right, holding a long slender staff in his right hand, a short staff in the left - the two staffs of office for which he was known as the Devil on two sticks. Though he is plainly dressed, without a wig, he wears a sword. 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. Effingham County, Georgia and Effingham County, Illinois are named after him in commoration for his support of the American Colonies as he is best known for resigning his commission in protest against the war. Numbered faintly '10'? upper left. The publisher Charles Bretherton (c.1760 fl - 1783) was the younger brother of James Bretherton.
BM Satires 6061. NPG D2298.
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