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Pacific-overtures, or, A flight from St. Cloud's "over the water to Charley" a new dramatic peace now rehearsing

Title
Pacific-overtures, or, A flight from St. Cloud's "over the water to Charley" [graphic] : a new dramatic peace now rehearsing / Js. Gillray fect.
Publication
[London] : Pubd. April 5th, 1806, by H. Humphrey, St. James Street, [5 April 1806]
Physical Description
1 print : etching ; plate mark 29.7 x 39 cm, on sheet 33.0 x 44 cm
Medium
wove paper
Notes
Title etched below image.
Provenance
From a collection in twelve volumes probably compiled by Francis Harvey and sold at auction, Sotheby, London, June 1900. Bequest of Hugh Dudley Auchincloss to Yale University Library, 1981. Bound by Riviere & Son in three-quarters red morocco with gold tooling and gold lettering on spine.
Summary
"The stage, flanked by the stage-boxes, extends across the design, the base of which is the orchestra, where the new Ministry perform. George III has stepped on to the stage from the royal box (l.) and confronts Napoleon, who stands arrogantly upon clouds and points to an enormous scroll held up by Talleyrand. This stretches across the cloud to rest on the stage. The Emperor, in uniform, with spurred jackboots and wearing a large, feathered bicorne, holds a sword in his right. hand and says fiercely: "There's my Term's." The King, who wears uniform with a small cocked hat and buckled shoes, holds his sword against his shoulder. He inspects the scroll through his glass, saying: " - Very amusing Terms indeed! - and might do vastly well with some of the new-made little Gingerbread kings [see BMSat 10518] - but WE are not in the habits of giving up either "Ships, or Commerce, or Colonies", merely because little Boney is in a pet to have them!!!" The scroll is inscribed: 'TERMS OF PEACE - Acknowledge me as Emperor - "mantle your Fleet, - Reduce your Army - Abandon Malta & Gibraltar, - Renounce all Continental Connection - Your Colonies I will take at a Valuation, - Engage to pay to the Great-Nation for 7 Years annually £1.000.000. and Pace in my Hands as Hostages the Princess Charlotte of Wales, with Ten of ye late Administration whom I shall name.' Talleyrand kneels on one knee, displaying a deformed l. leg, on a cornupia which rests on the clouds that support Napoleon. He wears a long gown with a rosary (denoting the ex-Bishop of Autun); a pen is behind his ear. From the cornucopia papers, money-bags, and coin pour down on to the stage. The papers are: 'Address to the Papists'; 'Loan to the - ['Prince' implied, cf. BMSat 6945]; 'To the United Irishmen'; 'To the London Corresponding Society'; 'The Press'; 'The Argus'; 'For the Whig Club'; 'To the Army; 'To the Navy', 'To [the] Volunteers'. Money-bags are labelled: 'Maynooth [word illegible]', 'Horne Tooke', 'Morning Chronicle', '[Cobbett's] Weekly Register', 'Thelwall.' Immediately behind Talleyrand, and also on the Napoleonic clouds crouch Arthur O'Connor, looking down conspiratorially at Fox in the orchestra below. His words extend in a long label towards Fox: "Remember m Friend your Oath, - " Our Politicks are the same!"" He holds a paper: 'at Maidstone Not Guilty - N.B - my Confederate Quigley only, was Hanged there.' Behind Talleyrand and O'Connor three desiccated corpses wearing French Grenadier's uniform hold up three eagles to each of which a banner is attached: 'Army of England', 'Army of Ireland', 'Army of Scotland'. Their caps are decorated with an 'N' surmounted by a crown. Behind them bayonets recede in perspective, their holders hidden by the peace scroll. ..."--British Museum online catalogue.
Variant and related titles
Flight from St. Cloud's "over the water to Charley"
Format
Images
Language
English
Added to Catalog
June 03, 2015
References
Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum, v. 8, no. 10549
Wright, T. Works of James Gillray, the caricaturist, p. 330
Wright, T. Historical and descriptive account of the caricatures by James Gillray, no. 314
Subjects
George III, King of Great Britain, 1738-1820 > Caricatures and cartoons.
Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821 > Caricatures and cartoons.
Talleyrand-Périgord, Charles Maurice de, prince de Bénévent, 1754-1838 > Caricatures and cartoons.
O'Connor, Arthur, 1763-1852 > Caricatures and cartoons.
Fox, Charles James, 1749-1806 > Caricatures and cartoons.
Grey, Charles Grey, Earl, 1764-1845 > Caricatures and cartoons.
Grenville, William Wyndham Grenville, Baron, 1759-1834 > Caricatures and cartoons.
Sidmouth, Henry Addington, Viscount, 1757-1844 > Caricatures and cartoons.
Lansdowne, Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, Marquess of, 1780-1863 > Caricatures and cartoons.
Erskine, Thomas Erskine, Baron, 1750-1823 > Caricatures and cartoons.
Lauderdale, James Maitland, Earl of, 1759-1839 > Caricatures and cartoons.
Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816 > Caricatures and cartoons.
Tierney, George, 1761-1830 > Caricatures and cartoons.
Bedford, John Russell, Duke of, 1766-1839 > Caricatures and cartoons.
Spencer, George John Spencer, Earl, 1758-1834 > Caricatures and cartoons.
Ellenborough, Edward Law, Baron, 1750-1818 > Caricatures and cartoons.
Hastings, Francis Rawdon-Hastings, Marquess of, 1754-1826 > Caricatures and cartoons.
Windham, William, 1750-1810 > Caricatures and cartoons.
Pitt, William, 1759-1806 > Caricatures and cartoons.
George IV, King of Great Britain, 1762-1830 > Caricatures and cartoons.
Fitzherbert, Maria Anne, 1756-1837 > Caricatures and cartoons.
Burdett, Francis, 1770-1844 > Caricatures and cartoons.
Tooke, John Horne, 1736-1812 > Caricatures and cartoons.
William IV, King of Great Britain, 1765-1837 > Caricatures and cartoons.
Jordan, Dorothy, 1761-1816 > Caricatures and cartoons.
Grattan, Henry, 1746-1820 > Caricatures and cartoons.
Genre/Form
Satires (Visual works) - England - 1806.
Etchings - England - London - 1806.
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