The Shah Goest Drawn from ye Life in ye Tower.Wonderful Magazine.
Engraving with 4pp letterpress, each 210 x 130mm (8¼ x 5"). Cut at top.
The 'Shah Ghost' (probably a caracal, a medium-sized wild cat), an animal gifted from the Nawab of Bengal to Robert Clive which made its way to London as a gift for William Pitt. Pitt re-gifted it to King George in 1759, who locked it in a cage at the Tower of London. With letterpress explaining the image: 'The keeper was an Indian, and servant to the Nabob of Bengal: when he spoke to it in the Indian language, it would do any thing he bade it. A cock coming into the room where it was, he seized it immediately and killed it'. From the 'Wonderful Magazine', an entertaining but short-lived periodical founded in 1793 by the hack writer and bookseller Henry Lemoine (1756-1812), probably reprinting or copying an earlier engraving published in the 'London Magazine' or similar.
See Nechtman, 'Nabobs: Empire and Identity in Eighteenth-Century Britain', p.177.
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