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Henry Dundas, Viscount Melville (in Highland costume), bleeds Neptune while Alexander Trotter holds a bowl to catch the guineas which flow from the incision; representing Trotter's embezzlement of public funds and Melville 's alleged connivance. Coloured etching by I. Cruikshank, 1805.

  • Cruikshank, Isaac, 1756?-1811?
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[1 April 1805]
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12197i
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Credit: Henry Dundas, Viscount Melville (in Highland costume), bleeds Neptune while Alexander Trotter holds a bowl to catch the guineas which flow from the incision; representing Trotter's embezzlement of public funds and Melville 's alleged connivance. Coloured etching by I. Cruikshank, 1805. Wellcome Collection. Public Domain Mark

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Description

Neptune says to the two men: "Pray gentlemen be merciful consider I have some feeling." Melville says to Trotter: "That's right mon ye as my confidential agent catch aw the bleuid, then they will no suspect me of the operation."

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[London (50 Piccadilly)] : [S.W. Fores], [1 April 1805]

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1 print : etching, with watercolour

Lettering

Bleeding Neptune or a Scotch experiment!!

References note

British Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires, vol. VIII, London 1947, no. 10380

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 12197i

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