The Diaboliad. To reign is worth ambition, tho' in Hell. Milton. [&] The Diabo - Lady.
Pair of etchings, each c.110 x 175mm. 4¼ x 7". 'Lady' tipped into album page.
Two scenes from William Combe's 'The Diaboliad a poem. Dedicated to the worst man in His Majesty's dominions. Also, the Diabo-Lady: or, a match in hell', a political satire. In the first scene Simon Luttrell Irnham, 1st Earl of Carhampton, is the successful candidate about to be crowned successor to the Devil to reign in Hell (left). Other candidates, in line behind, include Charles James Fox and the young peer Thomas Lyttelton, 2nd Baron Lyttelton of Frankley. In the second women petition a well-dressed Devil in Hell, who stands on his dais at left, his throne behind him, with demons, monsters and fantastical creatures in the background. Lettered below with five lines of verse from John Milton's Paradise Lost.
BM Satires 5424 & 5425.
[Ref: 27545] £120.00