Woodward delin. Pub. Oct. 1. 1799 by S.W. Fores, No 50, Piccadilly, corner of Sackville St. Folio's of Caracatures lent out for the Evening'
|Main Creator:||Woodward, G. M. (George Moutard), ca. 1760-1809|
Satirical caricature, BM 9416. Published by S W Fores after etching by George (Moutard) Woodward. Several politicians, depicted as isolated figures in two rows, stand declaiming, their words etched above their heads. (1) William Pitt the Younger, head turned in profile to the right, says: "Gentlemen may perhaps fancy I am Hoaxing, - when I inform them there is not a person in the Kingdom, - but what rejoices at the continuation of the present Necessary - Glorious - Popular - Successful - & Magnanimous War - the more the people pay for it the better they are satisfied - I will maintain it - Hoax?" (2) Charles James Fox, full-face and melancholy: "That poor persecuted Gentleman Mr Gratton [Grattan] - so like myself - and that other worthy Dear Gentleman Mr O Conner [Arthur O’Connor] - principles so like my own - except one little Faux Pas, which I protest I knew no more about - I assure you Hoax! Hoax! Hoax! - " (3) John Courteney, standing in profile to the right: "You may think it a Hoax Gentlemen - but I assure you I only told the Coachman to drive me to the Bastile [Bastille] and he took me there directly miserable doings, shocking dreadful - Hoax!" (4) Sir Francis Burdett, in profile to the left: "I second that Honorable Gentleman Hoax! - I was with him in the same Coach - we both commiserated the poor suffering Patriots - innocent persecuted - seven foot square - two foot broad - grating - Hoax!" (5) Henry Dundas, wearing tartan, his pose reflecting that of Pitt: "We hae nae Hoaxing in Scotland - what we do there is aw for your goods - we never consider our-sels Hoax!" (6) Francis Rawdon Hastings, 2nd Earl of Moira, in profile to the left: "You may probably think I am Hoaxing when I tell you what I saw - I saw the little farthing rush light - I saw thatch'd Cottages on fire - I saw men women & children tied up to the halbert - I sow [saw] Hanging - Drowning - Shooting Burning Hoax - Hoax - Hoax". (7) Sir James Lowther, 1st Earl of Lonsdale, in court dress with ribbon and star [he had no order], says: "I suppose Gentlemen you begin to think my building a Ship, for the service of my Country - was nothing but an Hoax - but be assured it was not - I am now ready - sails - hulk - rigging - Hoax!" (8) Francis Russell, 5th Duke of Bedford, turning deprecatingly to the right: "I had no design whatever in evading my Taxes - I assure you Gentlemen, - at that time, - I had only three Servants - and two Horses - I very well remember - Hoax". (9) Sir John Sinclair, in profile to the right, gesticulating violently: "I again say Gentlemen, it would be National Economy to reduce the Navy! - and I declare I would not change my opinio [opinion], to be President of the Board of Agriculture Hoax!" (10) Richard Brinsley Sheridan, shrugging deprecatingly to the left: "I am very poor indeed A distress'd Poet and Patriot - never touch the cole - everybody indebted to me - nobody will pay me - Hoax." [alluding to Sheridan's debts and the profits of Pizarro]; (11) George Tierney, looking to the left: "They say I have an appointment in India, I assure you it is merely a Political Hoax - me! I declare I would not on any account accept place - pension perquisite - Hoax! - Hoax!" [An indication of the distrust felt by the Whigs for his refusal to join their Secession] (12) One of the [French] Directory, [perhaps Barras?] in official dress, says: "Citizens - I am one of your Directeurs - & I assure you - the English fleet was totally destroyed, on the first of June - I always speak truth - Lord Howe's expected in Paris in a few days, it is very true I assure you - now that is the Grande Hoax A La-Francois". This sheet is cropped; lacking in this but present below the title in uncropped versions (see British Museum number 1868,0808.10357) is: "All the Worlds an Hoax / "And all the Men, and Women merely Hoaxers!'
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[London] : S.W. Fores, No. 50, Piccadilly, corner of Sackville St., Oct. 1. 1799.
Formerly held at PD 4498 TC.
Physical description: 1 print : hand-coloured etching ; 31.7 x 44.9 cm..
Citations/References: Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires by Mary Dorothy George, BM 9416.
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