Published 17th June 1782 by C Bretherton [but a later impression?].
Etching on wove paper, 175 x 110mm. 7 x 4¼". A decent impression, with good margins. Faint staining to right side of plate.
Caricature of Isaac Barré (1726 - 1802), full face, standing, his hat in his right hand, his left hand thrust into his waistcoat. Politician and soldier, Barré was born in Dublin to French parents. He entered the army and fought alongside General Wolfe at the Battle of Quebec in 1759. Entering Parliament in 1761, he gained a fearsome reputation as a scourge of corruption and a champion of the American colonies. His phrase 'Sons of Liberty' became a Patriot slogan during the American War of Independence, 1775-82. He shared John Wilkes's royal enmity and mastery of radical invective; the town of Wilkes-Barré, Pennsylvania, founded 1769, commemorates their friendship. Barré was the subject of Sayers's second important political satire. 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 'XII' faintly upper left. The publisher Charles Bretherton (c.1760 fl - 1783) was the younger brother of James Bretherton.
BM Satires 6066. See BM 6028. NPG D9620.
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