In Spite of Us Virtue has the Controul. The .Heads. New Revived.This Plate is most respectfully addressed to the Independent Electors of the Borough of Southwark, By their most Obed.t & very Humble Ser.t An Elector.
Pub.d Oct.r 6, 1806 by J. D. Montague Market St.t Borough Road.
Mezzotint. Sheet 315 x 245mm (12½ x 9¾"). Trimmed within plate, top right corner repaired.
A burlesqued coat of arms, with the shield supported by two asses with human faces, relating to George Tierney's re-election for Southwark on his appointment to the Presidency of the Board of Control (the overseer of the East India Company). Other portraits in the shield include Christopher Dunkin, Henry Pigeon, H.S. Speck & Sir Thomas Turton. In the bottom right quadrant of the shield is an illustration of a proverb; a barrister wearing a gown and Serjeant's wig, pursues a terrified woman with upraised stick ('A woman, a spaniel, a walnut tree, The more you beat them, the better they be'). Tierney (1761-1830), a Whig politician, was an opponent of William Pitt during the French Revolutionary Wars, even fighting a duel with him on Putney Heath in 1798. The same year Gillray caricatured Tierney as a guillotine operator. In 1803 he joined the government of Henry Addington, who made him Treasurer of the Navy and Privy Councillor; after Fox's death in 1806 he became President of the Board of Control under Grenville, which prompted this satire.
BM: 10603. Ex collection of the Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 34394] £240.00