The Kettle hooting the Porridge-Pot.
Pubd. July 23d 1782 by P. J. Leatherhead.
Etching with colour, added by hand, but later, Sheet 240 x 330mm, 9½ x 13". Trimmed.
Political satire: William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne (1737 - 1805) (left), as the proverbial kettle, looks at Charles James Fox (1749 - 1806) (right), the (porridge) pot, who is running away down a road in a landscape. Shelburne has a complacent smile and holds out his hands, pointing towards Fox; his left foot is on the neck of a goose, which lies on its back on the ground. He is saying, 'Oh do but look how black his Arse is!' Fox (right) with the head of a fox, his body a large circular pot, blackened underneath, is running away with an alarmed expression, his hands held up, his tongue hanging out. In the centre of the design, between the two figures is a signpost, its arm, pointing to the right, forms into a human hand holding a die in its fingers, pointing in the direction in which Fox is running. The arm of the post is inscribed 'TO BROOKS'S'; from it hangs a rope with a noose at the end of it. On the post hangs a sign inscribed 'To be Lett- either as a Gibbet or Direction Post'. Fox, destitute on leaving office, is running off to his gambling associates at Brooks's club in St. James's Street for his support, while, politically speaking, Shelburne is depicted as equally black. Fox's geese, in caricature, usually represents the electors of Westminster. By James Gillray (1756 - 1815). George suggests that the publisher 'Leatherhead' is fictitious. This is the only satire in the BM catalogue on which that name appears.
BM Satires 6013.
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