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Presages of the millenium, with the destruction of the faithful as revealed to R. Brothers, the prophet, & attested by M.B. Hallhead, Esq

Title
Presages of the millenium, with the destruction of the faithful [graphic] : as revealed to R. Brothers, the prophet, & attested by M.B. Hallhead, Esq. / Js. Gy. desn. et fect.
Publication
[London] : Pubd. June 4th, 1795, by H. Humphrey, N. 37 New Bond Street, [4 June 1795]
Physical Description
1 print : etching & aquatint ; sheet 33.5 x 37.4 cm
Medium
wove paper.
Notes
Title etched below image.
Two lines of text below title: And e'er the last days began, I looked, & behold, a white horse, & his name who sat upon it was Death ...
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
"Pitt as Death on the pale Horse rides naked on the White Horse of Hanover, galloping over the prostrate bodies of pigs; other pigs, a multitude extending to the horizon, flee before him. On the horse's fringed saddle-cloth is a crown. Pitt is very emaciated, his flaming hair streams behind him encircled by a fillet inscribed 'Destruction'. In his right hand is a large flaming sword; in his left he holds the thread-like body of a scaly monster with gaping jaws, webbed wings, and serpent's tail. Behind him on the horse's hind quarters sits a naked imp wearing the feathered coronet of the Prince of Wales, with the motto 'Ich di[en]'. He grasps Pitt, and kisses his posterior; in his left hand he holds out a paper: 'Provision for the Millenium £125,000 pr An'. The horse's tail streams out, expanding into clouds, and merging with the flames of Hell which rise from the extreme right. In the tail and flames imps are flying, headed by Dundas holding a pitchfork; he wears a wig and plaid with horns and webbed wings. Behind are three imps: Loughborough, indicated as usual by an elongated judge's wig in back view (cf. BMSat 6796); Burke with webbed wings and serpent's tail; Pepper Arden [Identified by Wright and Evans as Lord Kenyon. The identification in the text is confirmed by Lord Holland.] wearing a large wig. In the foreground (right) Pitt's opponents are being kicked towards Hell by the horse's hind legs. Fox has just been violently struck in the face, and staggers backwards, clutching a paper inscribed 'Peace'. Sheridan lies prone, face downwards, hands raised, as if for mercy. Wilberforce sits on the ground clasping his 'Motion for a Peace' (see BMSat 8637). Behind Fox Lansdowne looks up from the ground, clenching his fists. On the extreme right the Duke of Norfolk, Lord Stanhope, and the Duke of Grafton are about to plunge into the flames: Fox in falling is pushing them over. ..."--British Museum online catalogue.
Format
Images
Language
English
Added to Catalog
November 21, 2007
References
Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum, v. 7, no. 8655
Wright, T. Works of James Gillray, the caricaturist, p. 189
Genre/Form
Satires (Visual works) - England - 1795.
Aquatints - England - London - 1795.
Etchings - England - London - 1795.
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