Evening consolation

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James Gillray
Evening consolation
[London] : Pubd. Feby. 25th, 1785, by H. Humphrey, New Bond Street, [1785]
etching and aquatint, hand colored
image: 315 x 241 mm; trimmed sheet: 345 x 256 mm
Bequest of Gordon N. Ray, 1987.
From the library of Gordon N. Ray.

A companion print to George 6790.
By James Gillray; a later impression is recorded with the date "Apr. 25, 1785."
Library's copy trimmed with loss of date and imprint; imprint supplied from Yale copy.


Print shows Fox seated in a low chair; in his right hand is an empty purse, in the left 'Pitts Speech'. Beside him in his upturned hat are a dice-box and dice. On the left Burke, stripped to the waist, kneels before his three-legged stool on which is propped an open book inscribed 'Reform'; he is flagellating himself with a birch-rod held in his right hand, and a rosary attached to a cross in his left. Behind, as if seen in a camera obscura or through a window, North is embracing a young woman wearing tattered garments; above their heads is the view of an avenue inscribed 'St James's Park'.

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