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The Prince Regent, his head irradiated, opens a bag containing cats; a cat with the head of Lord Eldon leaps on to a rat with the head of Lord Grey. Aquatint, 1811.

Scarpione, active 1811.
Date
March 1811

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view The Prince Regent, his head irradiated, opens a bag containing cats; a cat with the head of Lord Eldon leaps on to a rat with the head of Lord Grey. Aquatint, 1811.

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Description

The cats in the bag are Lord Liverpool and Spencer Perceval. The rats scurrying away on the left have the faces of Erskine, Moira, Derby and Whitbread, among others. Two other rats, one resembling Cobbett, are in a trap inscribed "Gibbs patent rat trap" and are guarded by a bull-dog. In the background is a gibbet with three nooses. A draped woman aloft in a cloud holds a wreath

Publication/Creation

[London] : Published for The satirist, March 1811.

Physical description

1 print : aquatint, with etching ; image 22.2 x 31.4 cm

Lettering

The cats let out of the bag or the rats in dismay. Scarpione fecit.

Publications note

British Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires, London 1949, vol. 9, no. 11714

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 38420i

Creator/production credits

In the index to the British Museum catalogue, M.D. George suggests that Scarpione may be a pseudonym of Samuel de Wilde

Language

  • English



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