The Full-Blown Rose, and Petty Mushroom!!
Pub.d Aug.t 5th 1806 by S.W. Fores No.50 Piccadilly London.
Hand coloured etching. Platemark: 245 x 350mm. (9½ x 13¾"). Small margins.
A large rose, whose centre is the face in profile of politician George Rose (1744 - 1818), grows from straw inscribed 'Opposition-Hot-Bed'. It looks down at the head of Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne (1780 - 1863). Charles Fox (1749 - 1806), depicted as a gardener, on the right, leans on his spade, looking down at the figures, Beside him stands his 'Broad Bottom'd Watering Pot'. Rose, an ex-Treasury Secretary and friend of Pitt, was one of the most persistent Opposition speakers, and a critic of Petty on questions of finance and administration.
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