Cicero Against Verres.
London Pub.d by Boyne & Walker, No.11 Great Turnstile, Lincolns Inn Fields. Feb.y 7th 1787.
Engraving. 380 x 275mm. Trimmed to platemark at sides, liad on card. A few small repairs.
Edmund Burke calling for the impeachment of Warren Hastings, with Fox and Lord North on the right. Lower left is Britannia comforting a woman representing India. The text underneath is Cicero's Oration against Verres, with the names updated, including 'Verres' replaced with 'W_ H_'. Burke called Hastings the 'captain-general of iniquity'; who never dined without 'creating a famine'; his heart was 'gangrened to the core' and he resembled both a 'spider of Hell' and a 'ravenous vulture devouring the carcases of the dead'. The trial, which lasted from 1788 to 1795, ended with a 'Not Guilty' verdict.
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