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The republican-attack

Title
The republican-attack [graphic].
Publication
[London] : Pubd. Novr. 1st, 1795, by H. Humphrey, New Bond Street, [1 November 1795]
Physical Description
1 print : etching ; plate mark 24.8 x 35 cm, on sheet 30 x 41 cm
Medium
wove paper
Local Notes
Temporary local subject terms: Mob -- Attack on George III's coach on October 29, 1795 -- Coaches: royal state coach -- Crowns: broken crown -- Guns: blunderbass -- Domestic service: footmen -- Hats: jockey caps -- Bonnets rouges.
Notes
Title etched below image.
Printmaker from British Museum catalogue.
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 King sits impassively in his badly damaged state coach, which is being assailed by a mob; facing him sit two courtiers in abject terror. Pitt (right), dressed as the coachman, drives furiously, lashing the horses, the hind legs only of the wheelers being visible on the extreme right. These are trampling on Britannia who lies prostrate, her shield and broken spear beneath her. Four footmen in striped liveries stand behind, one holding the straps; the others hold each other's waists: Loughborough, the Lord Chancellor, wearing his wig, stands next the coach; behind him is Grenville, then Dundas, wearing a plaid and with a bottle projecting from his coat-pocket. Last is Pepper Arden wearing a judge's wig. All, like Pitt, wear jockey-caps. Lord Lansdowne (right), a sansculotte, composedly fires a blunderbuss point-blank through the coach window, aiming at the King. Fox and Sheridan, facing Lansdowne, run beside the coach, holding on to it. Both are tattered ruffians brandishing clubs, but wear breeches. The other three assailants cling to the spokes of the back wheel to stop the coach: (left to right) the Duke of Grafton, neatly dressed and wearing a cocked hat with tricolour cockade, Lord Stanhope, and little Lord Lauderdale, both wearing bonnets-rouges. Behind, a sea of heads indicates the mob; they carry a tricolour flag inscribed 'Peace and Bread' and a loaf draped with black and spiked on a pitchfork. A cat, stones, and eggs shower on the coach, the crown on the top of which is broken."--British Museum online catalogue.
Format
Images
Language
English
Added to Catalog
November 29, 2007
References
Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum, v. 7, no. 8681
Wright, T. Works of James Gillray, the caricaturist, p. 192
Genre/Form
Satires (Visual works) - England - 1795.
Etchings - England - London - 1795.
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