Dame rat, and her poor little ones

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James Gillray
Dame rat, and her poor little ones
[London] : Publish'd March 26th 1782 by J Browning, Oxford Street, [1782]
Bequest of Gordon N. Ray, 1987.
[London] : Publish'd March 26th 1782 by J. Browning, Oxford Street, [1782]
From the library of Gordon N. Ray.

By James Gillray.


Print shows Lord Hertford, Lord Chamberlain since 1766, with his wife, five sons and two daughters, who are making obsequious overtures to Charles Fox, the central figure of the design. Hertford stands stiffly in profile to the left, his staff of office in his hand. His wife and children all have rat's heads. Fox, with a fox's head, strolls past the family ignoring their advances, and turning his back on Lady Hertford. She has her right hand on her husband's arm, and turns to her left to address Fox, saying "Happy to see you on Monday Mr. Reynard". The scene is an open rectangular space with buildings on the right and at the back, perhaps a free rendering of one of the courts of St. James's Palace.

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