The grossly agitated King and Queen seated in a latrine to receive a message from the emaciated Pitt the younger; representing the Royal reaction to news of the King of Sweden's assassination. Etching by J. Gillray, 1792.
- Gillray, James, 1756-1815.
- 11 April 1792
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Pitt rushes in bearing 'news from Sweeden' exclaiming: "Another monarch done over!". The horrified King clutching his bloated stomach stammers: "What? Shot? What? What? What? Shot! Shot! Shot!". The band of the King's nightcap reads: 'Honi Soit qui M...', behind him the lion of the royal arms is excreting.
Taking physick - or - The news of shooting the King of Sweden!
[London] (18 Old Bond Street) : H. Humphrey, 11 April 1792.
1 print : etching ; platemark 25.2 x 35.5 cm
British Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires, vol. VI, London 1938, no. 8080
Wellcome Library no. 12180i
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