Ursa Major, or the Old City Bear.
Engraving with hand-colouring, small margins, platemark 200 x 325mm (8 x 12¾"). Slight staining to edges, good overall.
Satire on Sir John Barnard's political misjudgment in opposing the corporation of London's address on the loss of Minorca. The 'Old City Bear' is Barnard, who fights off the Lord Mayor of London, Slingsby Bethel, and his Aldermen on the left, who carry the City Address to the King. The rope around Barnard's jaws is held by the Duke of Newcastle. At Newcastle's feet the British lion sleeps, while a French monkey points a pistol at him. In the background is a view of London showing Bow church with its dragon weathercock (Barnard was Alderman of the City of Bow). Early hand-colouring similar to that on the British Museum's impression of the print.
BM Satires 3510
[Ref: 30977] £380.00