The Young Politicians.
Printed for Carington Bowles, No. 69 in St Pauls Church Yard London.
Mezzotint, platemark 155 x 115mm (6 x 4½"). Late impression.
Two boys consult No. 45 of 'The North Briton' (the political weekly founded in 1762 to attack the ministry of George III's Scottish favourite, Lord Bute). This issue of the magazine is particularly famous as it spawned a number of court cases and led to '45' becoming a popular slogan for liberty in the 18th century. In this issue, Wilkes criticized a speech made by George III following the Treaty of Paris which ended the Seven Years' War. After Wilkes was arrested and the paper seized, he challenged the decision and won his case. His courtroom speeches started the 'Wilkes and Liberty' cry. This print in fact derives from a 17th century composition by Abraham Bloemaert of two boys singing from a songsheet!
Ex: collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; CLB ii/ii.
[Ref: 32361] £190.00