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A colossal William Pitt hovers over the city of London mounted on stilts labelled 'sedition' and 'pension', while leaning on a crutch marked 'popularity' that rests on the Royal Exchange, with a view of New York to the left. Etching, with etched verse within the plate, 1766.

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A later copy of the earlier version (this catalogue no. 505530i)

On Pitt's recent political conduct regarding his repeal of the stamp act on March 18 1766 which led to accusations that he had given birth to sedition in America. Despite suffering gout and frequent absences from the House of Commons, Pitt took the office of Lord Privy Seal on 30 July 1766, and became Earl of Chatham on 4 August. In the copy of this print, the publication line is missing but a view of an island labelled 'Dublin' exists in the centre of the image with a figure proclaiming 'independence'


(London) (the Bee Hive near St Martins Lane, Strand : T. Ewart, (1766)

Physical description

1 print : etching ; platemark 16 x 22.6 cm


Common-wealth. The Colossus.

References note

British Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires, Vol. IV, London 1978, no. 4162

Lettering note

Within the print is the following verse: 'Tell to me if you are witty...Tis a pit for them, who now are bit sir doodle noodle do'; The various buildings and political issues are labelled within the image; below the image is engraved 'Sing tantarera puff all puff all sing tantarereare all puff'


Wellcome Library no. 584677i



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