Resignation the greatest of all virtues

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Isaac Cruikshank
Resignation the greatest of all virtues
etching, hand colored
image: 227 x 336 mm; plate mark: 249 x 351 mm; sheet: 267 x 378 mm
Peel 2596
Formerly owned by Sir Robert Peel.

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Printmaker from George.


Thurlow, stripped to the waist, kicks the bag of the Great Seal, and tramples on his Chancellor's gown; the mace and his hat lie on the floor beside him. He clenches his fists and scowls, looking to the left, and saying, "Had I servd my God with half a Quarter the Zeal. &c &c. Dam------n." His Chancellor's wig is blazing in the fireplace (left). Behind him (right) is a table with writing materials, and a large document : 'A Catalogue of Oaths Sworn on the Occasion'. Above it is a framed bust portrait of Wolsey: a man wearing bands and a cape, looking over his right shoulder. Cf. British Museum online catalog.

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