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[Coalition Ministry] Razor's Levée. or ye Heads of a new Wig Ad____n on a broad Bottom.
[Coalition Ministry] Razor's Levée. or ye Heads of a new Wig Ad____n on a broad Bottom.
J.S. [James Sayers] f.
Published 21st April 1783 by Thomas Cornell Bruton Street.
Etching, 18th century watermark. 280 x 410mm (11 x 16"), with very large margins. Tears in margins. Slight central crease.
The interior of a barber's shop, with a line of wig-blocks on tall slender posts, the heads of which are those of members of the new Coalition Ministry. At the head of the line is a double stand with the heads of North and Fox, an uneasy alliance mirrored by the portraits of Charles II and Oliver Cromwell, hugh together so they apparently embrace. Seated to the right, holding a tankard bearing his name, is Samuel House, publican and politician; a great supporter of Fox, House was dismayed by the formation of the Coalition Ministry. According to George: 'Walpole calls this the best of the deluge of satiric prints against the Coalition. "It is better composed than ordinary and has several circumstances well imagined", 'Letters', xii.436, 25 April 1783'.
BM 6217.
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The Comet
The Comet A Return of the Comet which appeared in 1761² is expected this Year and - to be within our horizon from the Month of Oct. 1788 to Aug.t 1789 but is expected to be most visible (if it forces itself upon our notice) in the Winter months Febr.y & March...
18.th Feby 1789 Pub by Tho.s Cornell. Braton Street.
Etching with aquatint. 230 x 290mm (9 x 11½"), with wide margins. Slight creasing & staining.
A comet traverses the design diagonally downwards. At its head the Prince Wales is a star. Following in its tail are Fox and Portland. After them comes the wig in back view of Lord Loughborough. Then comes Stormont and North. They are followed by the Duke of Queensberry holding up a quizzing-glass and Powys. Behind them are Lord Lothian, Burkeand the Duke of Norfolk. Between Norfolk and Queensberry is the 'profil perdu' of Derby. They are followed by Lord Sandwich, Bishop Watson of Llandaff, and Sir Grey Cooper. Next are Wilson, Bishop of Bristol, and Warren, Bishop of Bangor, while in the upper left corner Sawbridge.
BM 6796
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Concerto Coalitionale.
Concerto Coalitionale.
J.S. [James Sayers] f.
Published ye 7th June 1785 by Thomas Cornell.
Etching, 18th century watermark. 305 x 410mm (12 x 16") very large margins. Wear to edges, central fold, spotting.
An orchestra featuring the members of the Whig Opposition to Pitt's Tory government, especially his attempts to settle the Irish situation. Fox plays the fiddle; Burke the trumpet; Lord Surrey the cello; Lord North the bassoon; Lord Carlisle the clarinet; Derby the pipe and tabor; Eden the Irish harp; and Portland the harpsichord. They are playing Captain Morris's song, 'The Treaty of Commerce', a clever attack on the Pitt's Propositions put in the mouth of an Irishman.
BM 6795, with an extensive description.
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An Ex-Minister training a Terrier at Bowood
An Ex-Minister training a Terrier at Bowood "Latrat et ore fremit, bile tumetque Je-cur."
J.S. [James Sayers] f. March 1798.
[Unpublished in pencil.]
Etching. 210 x 275mm (8¼ x 11") very large margins. Slight stain at top.
William Petty, Marquess of Lansdowne, urges a dog, with legal wig and gown and the face of Joseph Jekyll, to bark at the bust of Pitt sheltering in a lair. On January 3rd Jekyll had made a violent and personal attack on Pitt in a speech on the Assessed Taxes Bill.
BM Satires 9179
[Ref: 51627]   £180.00   (£216.00 incl.VAT)
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Loyalty- against- levelling.
Loyalty- against- levelling. ''nought can make us rue / If England to itself do rest but true.''
JS [James Sayers].
Publ.d 15th Dec.r 1792 by Tho.s Cornell Bruton Street.
Etching, part 18th century watermark. Sheet 275 x 200mm (11¾ x 8"). Trimmed to plate.
A satire of the effects of the French Revolution on England. The image is divided into two, with 'England' on the left and France opposite. In 'England' Thomas Paine is astride a scaffold on which is a sign representing the British monarchy, sawing away at the beam holding the sign up. In 'France' revolutionaries trample their sign of monarchy and put on ropes attached to the English sign. On the wall in England is a sign proclaiming the 'Association for preserving Liberty and Property against Levellers and Republicans', founded in November 1792.
BM Satires 3138.
[Ref: 54353]   £320.00  
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[George Sackville] Head Quarters Brookes's, 18th July 1785. You are to attack the Enemy's Propositions at six o'clock this evening.
[George Sackville] Head Quarters Brookes's, 18th July 1785. You are to attack the Enemy's Propositions at six o'clock this evening.
J.S. f [James Sayers].
Published by Tho.s Cornell 22nd July 1785.
Etching. 250 x 155mm (9¾ x 6"). Narrow margins.
Lord George Sackville declaiming, hand on his breast, waving a scroll inscribed 'Telum imbelle' (symbolizing his unsoldierly conduct at Minden, when he refused to obey orders). Behind and below him (right) are the grinning heads of Lord Stormont and Lord Derby, saying "Hear Hear Hear". Sackville made a surprise visit to the House of Lords to oppose the Irish Propositions. He died later that year.
BM 6802A
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Anacharsis Cloots. L'Orateur du genre humain (Charles Stanhope, 3rd Earl Stanhope)
Anacharsis Cloots. L'Orateur du genre humain (Charles Stanhope, 3rd Earl Stanhope)
[James Sayers.]
[Hannah Humphrey. 12 May 1794.]
Soft-ground etching in red. 214 x 176mm.
Charles Stanhope, 3rd Earl Stanhope FRS (1753-1816) was a British statesman and scientist. In politics he was a democrat. As Lord Mahon he contested the city of Westminster without success in 1774, when only just of age; but from the general election of 1780 until his accession to the peerage on 7 March 1786 he represented through the influence of Lord Shelburne the Buckinghamshire borough of High Wycombe. During the sessions of 1783 and 1784 he supported William Pitt the Younger, whose sister, Lady Hester Pitt, he married on 19 December 1774. He was the chairman of the "Revolution Society," founded in honour of the Glorious Revolution of 1688; the members of the society in 1790 expressed their sympathy with the aims of the French Revolution. Stanhope was an accomplished scientist. Electricity was another of the subjects which he studied, and the volume of Principles of Electricity which he issued in 1779 contained the rudiments of his theory on the "return stroke" resulting from the contact with the earth of the electric current of lightning, which were afterwards amplified in a contribution to the Philosophical Transactions for 1787. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society so early as November 1772, and devoted a large part of his income to experiments in science and philosophy. He invented a method of securing buildings from fire (which, however, proved impracticable), the printing press and the lens which bear his name (Stanhope Press) and a monochord for tuning musical instruments, suggested improvements in canal locks, made experiments in steam navigation in 1795-1797 and contrived two calculating machines.
NPG: D9954.
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