Political Candour - i.e. - Coalition "Resolutions" of June 14th 1805 - Pro Bono Publico
- Etching with hand-coloring in watercolor on moderately thick, slightly textured, beige laid paper
- Sheet: 14 3/4 × 11 3/4 inches (37.5 × 29.8 cm), Plate: 14 × 11 inches (35.6 × 27.9 cm), and Image: 13 1/4 × 10 3/4 inches (33.7 × 27.3 cm)
Inscribed at upper right, in graphite: "S2"
Lettered inside image: "- Yes Sir, I do assure the Right Honble Gent | though our lives have ever been opposite, though in | almost every instance we have disagreed, & though I have | constantly blamed the whole of his conduct, yet I should | be everlastingly unhappy had it turned out that he had | acted wrong or had soiled his hands in the manner we | meant to attribute to him; - I do say Sir, that during | my whole life, I never did suspect, I never had the least | suspicion of any thing dishonorable in the Right Honble Gent - | and from every species of Corruption, I do declare most | solemnly, my mind has always most completely | acquitted him! - he will be held up to posterity | and cited as a bright example of Purity Integrity and Honor! | HERE! - HERE! - HERE!!! | an Immaculate Statesman! - just like my own Papa | O! how I shall enjoy to sit down with him, upon the Bench of Honesty | - he scorns a dirty cause. I vow to God. | O he's an Angel of Light! - a Cherubim of Glory. | Why He deserves a Statue of Gold more than Porcupine himself! | yes i find they'll be all prov'd Honest, so I'll destroy my Papers too! | TREASURY | BENCH | Resolution | respecting the | Chancellor of the | Exchequer | £40000 | Bank of | England | Bond of Benfield | Trotter | Jellicoe | Speculation | Participation | Arraignments for a | new | COALITION | Notes & Speeches | for the | Political | Register | POLITICAL | UNION to | save the | Country | from | Buonaparte | and the | Doctor | State of | Enquiries | into the | Public Offices | WHITBREAD'S | ENTIRE"; lettered below image: "J's Gillray, inv & fec't | POLITICAL - CANDOUR; - i.e. - Coaltions - "Resolutions" - of June 14th, 1805. - Pro bono Publico. - | Publish'd June 21st, 1805 by H. Humphrey 27 St. James's Street, London."
- Credit Line:
- Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
- Copyright Status:
- Public Domain
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- Prints and Drawings
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British Museum, Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum, 11 volumes in 12, British Museum Publications, London, no. 10414, NE55 G7 L63 A52 1978 (YCBA)