Etching with hand-colouring, and small margins, platemark 325 x 195mm (12¾ x 7¾"). Very slight foxing but good overall.
Triumphal arch, behind which Admiral Byng stands on a scaffold. Beside him is the Rev.d John Wesley. The watching crowd pelt Byng with 'Welch Onions', 'English Flints', 'Irish potatoes' and 'Scotch Pebbles'. Byng was court-martialled and found guilty after failing to prevent Minorca from falling to the French following the Battle of Minorca. He was shot by firing squad in 1757. Here a representation of Byng's ship is supported by sheepishness and cowheartedness at the top of the arch, while 'Bung' and 'Gallissoniere'(his French opposite number) play peek-a-boo, referring to the belief that both admirals were unwilling to engage in combat. June 26 was the date Byng's official account of the battle was made public (in the London Gazette), provoking 'a clamour of rage and indignation' amongst the populace (George). Like the two impressions of the print in the British Museum, this has been hand-coloured.
BM Satires 3361
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