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The Earl of Sussex and Lord Cathcart stand within an embattled enclosure like a prison as armed soldiers appear on the left and two men gesture towards them on the right. Etching, 1748.

December 8th 1748
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To the right of the hostages are two men, one of whom gestures towards them 'Dis be for de glory of de grand monarch', the other leans on his shoulder and asks 'monsieur where is the hostages for fort St George'. In front of the hostages, the British lion is killed with a dagger by the Earl of Sandwich who says 'Dam posterity I'll get money', '1000 per annum' hangs from his pocket. A horse (symbol of the Hanoverian reign) licks up the blood from the wound of the lion (symbol of Great Britain), a cock (symbol of France) crows behind. A man on his knees to the left prays 'Kind heavens recover him'. From the left, a group of three armed soldiers appear risen from their graves, the first, Protector Oliver, exclaims 'was it for this I sought the Lord and fought'. The devil peeps out from behind him to remind him 'hold not you are not master now'. In the distance, a disbanded seaman in tatters begs for charity from an admiral who retorts 'my lad one year more would have done for us and have brought our enemies to'. A ship of war stands in the distance. Relating to the consequence of the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle of 7 October 1748 that stipulated that Cape Breton should be restored to France and that two English noblemen should be sent as hostages until the deal was completed


December 8th 1748.

Physical description

1 print : etching ; platemark 23.5 x 32.4 cm


The hostages. A pledge ...Tempora mutantur, et nos mutamur in illis

References note

British Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires, Vol III, London 1978, no. 3015 (and 3016)


Wellcome Library no. 579264i



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