“French troops march with fixed bayonets up St. James’s Street, the houses receding in perspective to the gate of the Palace, which is blazing. In the foreground on the left and right are ‘White’s’ and ‘Brookes’s’. The former is being raided by French troops; the Opposition is in triumphant possession of the latter. “–British Museum online catalogue
- Printmaker: Gillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker.
- Title: Promis’d horrors of the French invasion, or, Forcible reasons for negociating a regicide peace [graphic] : vide, the authority of Edmund Burke / Js. Gy. d. & fect.
- Publication: [London] : Pubd. Octr. 20th, 1796, by H. Humphrey, New Bond Street, [20 October 1796]
796.10.20.01++ Impression 2
Acquired November 2019
The Coalition ministers are gathered around the table placed in the mouth of a cave. On the left sits Lord North wearing armor under his cloak, a goblet in his left hand. Opposite him on the right is Charles Fox, dressed as a centurion and sitting on a fox. He leans on the table keeping his right hand on three dice signed, “Madras,” “Bombay,” and “Bengal,” and clutching a dice box in his left. Behind him Admiral Keppel, the date of the battle of Ushant (1778) on his helmet, raises his goblet in a toast. Behind him Sheridan, with ass’s ears and “School for Scandal” written across his head cover, watches the Duke of Portland count out money to Lord Carlisle. On Portland’s shoulder leans Lord Cavendish in a centurion’s armor under his cloak. Between him and North sits Burke in a Jesuit’s outfit reading his own “Plan of oeconomy [sic].” Under the table lie the corpses of Lords Shelburne and Ashburton, ousted by the Coalition.
- Printmaker: Boyne, John, approximately 1750-1810, printmaker.
- Title: Banditti [graphic] / I.B.
- Publication: [London] : Published by E. Hedges No. 92 Cornhill, Dec. 22, 1783.
783.12.22.03.2+ Impression 2
Acquired December 2019
A copy in reverse of William Hogarth’s Plate 2 of A harlot’s progress: Mary Hackabout (left), now a harlot and mistress of a wealthy London Jew, exposes her breast and kicks over a tea table to divert his attention from the presence of her younger lover who hides behind the door of the room with her maid servant. A monkey and young black servant boy in a feathered turban look on the scene with frighten expressions. The mask and mirror in the lower left corner and the paintings of scenes from the Old Testament (Jonah IV.8 and 2 Samuel VI.1-5) hanging on the wall further amplify the artist’s moral message.
- Title: A harlot’s progress. Plate II [graphic] : In high keeping by a Jew = Un juif l’entretien somptueusement / invented & painted by Wm. Hogarth.
- Publication: [London] : [publisher not identified], [not before 25 March 1768]
Hogarth 768.03.25.10+ Box 210
Acquired December 2019