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Bibframe Work

Title
Argus Argus
Type
Still Image
Genre Form
print
graphic
graphic
Puns (Visual works)--British--1780.
Cartoons (Commentary)--British--1780.
Etchings--British--Hand-colored--1780.
Language
English
Identified By
Lccn: 2004673385
Color Content
hand colored
Note
Forms part of: British Cartoon Prints Collection (Library of Congress).
Summary
Print shows George III seated in a chair asleep, on the left stands a judge (possibly the Earl of Mansfield) with his left hand on the crown, behind the throne stands the Earl of Bute, speaking to Mansfield, he says "What shall be done with it?" to which Mansfield responds "Wear it Your sel my Leard," to the right of Bute stands America (represented by a Native wearing a feathered headdress), on the right stands a gentleman with both hands on the crown, he says "No troth I'se carry it to Charly & hel not part with it again Mon!" (probably a reference to Charles Edward the Pretender). On the far left a ragged merchant wrings his hands and an Irishman with harp departs the scene, and on the far right, in the foreground, Britannia sits in slumber with a lion asleep and chained to the ground beside her, and in the background, a Dutchman raids the beehives.
Authorized Access Point
Gillray, James, 1756-1815, Argus