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Image ID:
lwlpr05193
Call Number:
783.05.05.01+
Creator:
Gillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker.
Title:
A block for the wigs, or, The new state whirligig
Related Title:
New state whirligig
Published:
[London] : Pubd May 5th, 1783, by W. Humphrey No 227 Strand, [1783]
Description:
1 print on wove paper : etching ; sheet (trimmed) 25 x 36 cm., mounted to 30 x 41 cm.
Notes:
Printmaker from George.
Reference:
George, 6227
Summary:
The new ministry is depicted on a large carousel, erected in front of the "Crown and Royal Bob" Inn. The structure is supported by a center pole held in place by pegs labelled "Treasury," "Navy" and "Army" terminating at the top with the head of the King in the form of a wig block. Fox, with a fox's head and tail, leads the procession, holding a bag of money. Behind him, Lord North on a horse with its legs cut short, loses his wig; Burke in Jesuit's habit and on a similarly lame horse, has partially turned into a skeleton due to his economical reform; Admiral Keppel behind him is desperate to remain seated on his donkey. Lastly a Scotsman labelled "President" signifies Scottish influence over the Crown. Watching from a seat before the Inn, a complacent John Bull mouths slogans of liberty, unaware that his house is being plundered behind him.
Subjects:
  •  George III, King of Great Britain, 1738-1820.
  • Fox, Charles James, 1749-1806.
  • North, Frederick, Lord, 1732-1792.
  • Burke, Edmund, 1729-1797.
  • Keppel, Augustus Keppel, Viscount, 1725-1786.
  • John Bull (Symbolic character)
  • Taverns (Inns).
  • Merry-go-rounds.
  • Wigs.
  • Flags - British.
  • Robberies.
  • Clothing & dress - England - 1780-1790.
  • Great Britain - Politics and government - 1760-1789.
  • Form / Genre:
  •  Satires (Visual works) - England - 1783.
  • Etchings - England - London - 1783.
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