The Contrast: or Britannias Distributive Justice,exemplified in the Rewards she assigns the Illustrious, Brave and Magnanimous General Blakeney, on her Right Hand: & to the Inglorious Cowardly Admirable Ad-r-l Bung on her left.
Engraving, sheet 220 x 305mm (8¾ x 12"). Trimmed
Britannia stood between General Blakeney (whom she hands a Star and Riband) and Admiral Byng (who receives a broken sword and a halter). Behind Blakeney is a view of Port Mahon in Minorca being bombarded. One of numerous satires against Byng following the loss of Minorca. In 1756 Byng, as Admiral of the Red, was sent to prevent the French from taking Port Mahon, a mission which ended in his arrest, conviction by court martial, and death by firing squad for failing to engage the French. Blakeney was in command of Minorca at the time and Blakeney held out under siege from the French for seventy days at Mahon before surrendering on honourable terms. In the eyes of the English people Blakeney's honourable defence contrasted with Byng's apparent failure to attack. Text and image as for BM 3366 (itself one of four different satires engraved on one plate), but placing of text different and the T. Kitchin publication line here lacking from BM 3366.
See BM Satires 3366
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