Yale Center for British Art

Jeffreyes Hamett O'Neale, 1750–1806, British

Published by J. Williams, 18th century

The Seizure, or Give the Devil His Due
Etching on medium, smooth, cream wove paper
Sheet: 11 7/8 × 19 1/8 inches (30.2 × 48.6 cm)
Lettered upper center: "EXCISE | RESIGNATION"; lettered lower left: "With great Joy, his L----- see, | Like Judas hanging on a Tree. | And crafty Reynards Exaltation; | 'For services done to the Nation. | The String that should his Body deck | By Satan plac'd about his Neck. | With Acclamations rend the skies, | 'God bless the KING, but NO EXCISE."; lettered lower center: "The | SEIZURE. | or give the DEVIL his due: | being No. 1 of a Sett of Political prints, Call'd | The OPPOSITIONS. | the Publication of which will be regularly continued every | Tuesday, but I. Williams next the Mitre Tavern | Fleet-street."; lettered lower right: "Fam'd Albion's sons behold a sight. | Must give each loyal Heart delight. | He who your Magna Charta sold, | Old Nick at last has got in hold. | And swears he'll send him with all speed | Across the Styx instead of Tweed. | While Mada's Tears too plainly tell | She mourns his loss who Pip'd so well."; lettered in left image: "The Tree bears bad | Fruit. | Aye, Aye, let him hang til his | rotten and then he'll drop. | O'er Sawneys downfall lets be merry. | Huzza! for Cyder, Mum & Perry. | Ah! damn your Scotch, ugly Phyz, | its what you must all come to. | Harm watch | Harm catch."; lettered in right image: "I'll soon spoil your pipeing | I warrant you. | O spare my Manhood, and | I've gang quietly. | Never fear Ned, he's of the | true Preston Breed. | Well said Uncle, drive | him to the Gallows. | O what pain it is to part. | Can thy P---- ever | leave thee.".
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Godfrey Pearlson
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
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