The Greenwich Farce.as Acted by a Renowned Admiral and other great Personages.
Etching, very scarce; sheet 225 x 345mm (8¾ x 13½") Trimmed inside platemark on three sides
Rare satire on the fallout from the Battle of Minorca, published during the period of uncertainty before Admiral Byng's court-martial (and evenutal execution). After returning from home, Byng was confined in a small, rudely furnished upper room in Greenwich Hospital, the scene of this satire. He is on the right, with the devil at his shoulder advising him to 'impeach your Accomplices...& save your own Bacon', while the spirit of his father, George Byng, first Viscount Torrington on the contrary pleads 'Let not the Noble Blood of T-g-n [Torrington] be/ Branded with the Names of Treachery & Cowardice'. At a table on the left Henry Fox Holland, George Anson and the Duke of Newcastle discuss Byng's intentions, fearful of evidence he might divulge. On the far left the conversation of th two soldiers is of what they would need to be offered in order to maintain their silence about what they know.
Not in BM.
[Ref: 30774] £320.00