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A cardinal singing a lullaby to a lion; representing an attempt by France to maintain the neutrality of the Netherlands in the War of Jenkins' Ear. Engraving after Bernetto, 1740.

  • Bernetto, active approximately 1740.
15 January 1739
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Seated in a large chair, Cardinal Fox (identified in the British Museum catalogue as Cardinal de Fleury) sings a lullaby and rocks a cradle, in which is sleeping the Dutch lion, crowned and holding the heraldic arrows of the Seven United Provinces. Three pugs are attempting to awake the royal animal by barking


London and Westminster : Sold by the printsellers and publishers of London and Westminster, 15 January 1739.

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1 print : engraving ; platemark 18.8 x 25.1 cm


The States in a lethargy. Awake, awake! The philistines are upon you. Hush a by baby, lull a by baby by Sings Cardinal Fox, our dear friend and ally, While the dog, who fetters, tho' golden, disdains, Cries awake, awake, now, or you'll wake in chains. Bernetto delin.

References note

British Museum Catalogue of political and personal satires, vol. III, London 1978, no. 2416


Wellcome Library no. 576022i



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