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The cabinetical-balance

Title
The cabinetical-balance [graphic].
Publication
[London] : Pubd. Feby. 16th, 1806, by H. Humphrey, 27 St. James's Street, [16 February 1806]
Physical Description
1 print : etching ; plate mark 35.0 x 24.9 cm, on sheet 44 x 30 cm
Medium
wove paper
Notes
Title etched below image.
Printmaker from British Museum catalogue.
Two lines of text following title: NB. The representation of the astonishing strength & influence of the rays from the rising-sun is taken from Sir Isaac Newtons theory of light.
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 beam of a pair of scales is suspended from a vertical bar terminating in a ring which encircles one of many solid rays from a large sun (l.) surmounted by the Prince of Wales' coronet and feathers. The 'Rising-Sun' (see BMSat 10258) is partly obscured by dark clouds, but its rays extend across the design and illuminate especially Sidmouth and Ellenborough. The former is poised triumphantly on the cross-beam, depressing the r. scale with his foot, while he holds on his shoulders Ellenborough in judge's wig and gown, who manipulates the scale in the same direction. This lower scale contains the 'Broad-Bottomites' ie the Grenvillites, or New Opposition, the other, the 'No-Bottomites', i.e. the Foxites, or Old Opposition. In the latter (l.) the occupants hold the ropes with expressions of anxiety; the inscription suggests that they lack 'bottom' or endurance (a pugilistic phrase). Fox is the most prominent, between Erskine (l.), in Chancellor's wig and gown and with the Purse of the Great Seal, and Grey (r.). Moira, in cocked hat and regimentals, stands stiffly behind. Fox and Grey have bonnets rouges but do not wear them. The other bowl contains Grenville, one hand on his fat nephew Lord Temple; the heavy posteriors for which the family were noted take up much of the bowl. Windham waves his hat triumphantly. Of two other partly obscured occupants one resembles Lord Henry Petty. The scales are suspended above the curve of the globe on which Great Britain and the Continent are indicated. Behind the North Pole (r.) is a setting sun containing a royal crown; its feeble rays are outshone by the heavy beams of the rising sun (or son). Above it, among clouds, flies the ghost of Pitt, weeping."--British Museum online catalogue.
Format
Images
Language
English
Added to Catalog
January 22, 2009
References
Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum, v. 8, no. 10530
Wright, T. Works of James Gillray, the caricaturist, p. 328
Wright, T. Historical and descriptive account of the caricatures by James Gillray, no. 308
Genre/Form
Satires (Visual works) - England - 1806.
Etchings - England - London - 1806.
Watermarks (Paper) - J. Whatman - 1813.
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