Elizabeth Gunning astride a cannon firing by the pen of her mother a blast of forged letters at the facade of Blenheim - which a figure defends with a blast of excrement - the Duchess of Bedford offers her petticoat as cover while General Gunning retreats from the battlefield; representing the Gunning scandal. Etching by J. Gillray, 1791.
- Gillray, James, 1756-1815.
- 5 March 1791
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Credit: Elizabeth Gunning astride a cannon firing by the pen of her mother a blast of forged letters at the facade of Blenheim - which a figure defends with a blast of excrement - the Duchess of Bedford offers her petticoat as cover while General Gunning retreats from the battlefield; representing the Gunning scandal. Etching by J. Gillray, 1791. Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
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Miss Gunning exlaims: "O mother! Mother! My mask'd battery is discovered, & we shall be blown up! O, mother, mother, we must raise the siege immediately, & take refuge under the Duchess's cover'd way, & there act on the defensive: O mother, mother, its all your fault, say what you will." Mrs Gunning replies: "Good heavens, who would have thought that the seige of a coronet would have ended in smoke & stink - well I'll take my affidavit that I know nothing at all about the matter." The Duchess offers: "Come under my protection, dearys; I'll hide you in Bedfordshire, & find one of my little Granny-boys to play with Missy." The General says: "I find our stratagem won't take effect, & therefore I'll be off, & menoevre - any common soldier can lead on, to an attack, but it requires the skill of a General to bring off his forces with honor after a defeat."
[London] (18 Old Bond St.) : H. Humphrey, 5 March 1791.
1 print : etching ; platemark 25.1 x 35.5 cm
The seige of Blenheim - or the new system of Gunning discoverd ...
British Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires, vol. VI, London 1938, no. 7980
Wellcome Library no. 12177i
- Letters |Forgeries.
- Upper class |Sexual behavior.
- Gunning, Elizabeth, 1769-1823.
- Gunning, Suzannah, 1740?-1800.
- Gunning, John, -1797.
- Russell, Gertrude, Duchess of Bedford, active 1791.
- Spencer, George, Marquis of Blandford, 1766-1840.
- Campbell, George William, Duke of Argyll, 1766-1839.