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Item Details
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Culture
British
Title
Billy's Puppet Shew for the Year 1804
overall
Work Type
Print
Etching
Date
1804 (published 5.29.1804)
Image: 2018
Material
paper
printmaking
etching (printing process)
hand coloring
Measurements
247.65 x 349.25 mm (print impression)
Description
[BMC 10248] British Museum online: Pitt, as showman, stands on one of two steps leading to his stage, and facing his audience, John Bull and his wife, with a gaping youth standing behind them....Beside the stage (l.) Melville in Highland dress, sits playing bagpipes. Pitt holds behind his back strings attached to six tiny puppets, who stand bowing and gesticulating; he says: "Now Mr Bull, you shall see what you shall see - A Comedy of my own making - all entirely new Performers believe me." John, who sits with a watchful dog between his feet, answers: "Poo - Poo! - No flummery - I've been looking over the Play Bill this half hour and the Devil of anything new do I see but Yourself and the Scotch Piper - The Doctor dont act I see - but many of his play Mates do I see, and that's just the same thing - I suppose you dont let a body peep behind the screens - or I might know some of them." He holds a 'List of New Performers'....Six of the Cabinet of Addington...remained: Eldon as Chancellor, Portland as President of the Council, Chatham as Master of the Ordnance, Castlereagh as President of the Board of Control, Hawkesbury as Secretary of State, but transferred from the Foreign to the Home Department. They thus formed a majority in the Cabinet; the new members being Pitt, Melville, Harrowby (Foreign Secretary), Camden, Secretary of State for War and Colonies, and Mulgrave, Chancellor of the Duchy. Pitt was blamed for the narrow basis of the New Ministry and for the inclusion of members of a government which he had so scornfully attacked: 'the public experienced the severest disappointment. . . that of the three parties to whose union in their service it had looked with so confident a hope, one only, that immediately attached to Mr. Pitt, composed the new administration.'; BMC 10248 [British Museum Dept. of Prints and Drawings. Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum: Division I, Political and personal satires. London: Printed by order of the Trustees, 1870-1954.]
Repository
Trinity College, Watkinson Library (Hartford, Connecticut, USA)
Accession Number
BritPr.07.049
ID Number
SSID 23938347
Source
Trinity College Library
Vendor: Trinity College, Watkinson Library
Citation: British Museum. Dept. of Prints and Drawings. Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum: Division I, Political and personal satires. London: Printed by order of the Trustees, 1870-1954.
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