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Culture
British
Title
A Nest of Billy Biters. Lately discovered in an Ancient Chapel in the West-Minster
overall
Work Type
Print
Etching
Date
1804 (published 6.26.1804)
Image: 2018
Material
paper
printmaking
etching (printing process)
hand coloring
Measurements
247.65 x 349.25 mm (print impression)
Description
[BMC 10256] British Museum online: Pitt (l.)....bends over a large nest on the ground in which birds with human heads and ferocious talons are closely grouped; all look up at Pitt, with gaping mouths (shouting or clamouring for food). He is numbered '2' and faces 'I', a sturdy yokel in a smock (John Bull), shorter, but otherwise much larger than himself. The man, hat in hand, holds out one of the birds, with the head of Fox, to Pitt, saying, "Please as how your Honor they say's you can tell me what sort ofAnimals these here be they call 'em in our parts Billy Biters, and says they be Mortal Bolters to be sure they have a got plenty of Mouth as a body may say, and this here one seems to be the Old Cock Bird, I be almost afraid of them." Pitt, with a deprecating gesture, answers: "And so am I my hones [sic] Fellow, but d'ont let that Old Bird go, for he'll surely attack one of us, they are really Carnivorous and will stick to the flesh of any one they Attack like leeches untill they complete his destruction, hold him fast my good Fellow and do stop thier mouths if you can or they will surely do some one a Mischief." He holds a rolled document: 'List of Vacant Places'. The birds (l. to r.) are Sheridan, Norfolk, Lord Grenville, Erskine, Windham, and (?) Grey. On the nest lie papers: 'Par. liame . . Debates, Speech....A satire on the menacing oratory of the Opposition, and on Pitt's failure to include them in his Ministry...The 'Ancient Chapel' is St. Stephens, the House of Commons, although two of the birds are peers.; BMC 10256 [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.07.050
ID Number
SSID 23938348
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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