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King George III and Queen Charlotte, seated at a latrine, receive with agitation news from William Pitt the younger, who tells them that the King of Sweden had been assassinated. Etching by J. Gillray, 1792.

Gillray, James, 1756-1815.
Date
11 April 1792

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view King George III and Queen Charlotte, seated at a latrine, receive with agitation news from William Pitt the younger, who tells them that the King of Sweden had been assassinated. Etching by J. Gillray, 1792.

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Credit: King George III and Queen Charlotte, seated at a latrine, receive with agitation news from William Pitt the younger, who tells them that the King of Sweden had been assassinated. Etching by J. Gillray, 1792. Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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Description

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.

Publication/Creation

[London] (18 Old Bond Street) : H. Humphrey, 11 April 1792.

Physical description

1 print : etching ; platemark 25.2 x 35.5 cm

Lettering

Taking physick - or - The news of shooting the King of Sweden!

Publications note

British Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires, vol. VI, London 1938, no. 8080

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 12180i

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  • English



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