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Auspicium melioris aevi. (BM 1868,0808.5698)

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Auspicium melioris aevi. (BM 1868,0808.5698)

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Pitt, very drunk, leans against the wall of a room, his right arm rests on a map inscribed 'Gold Coast Bengal'; he points to the former name, saying, "de Claret - Claret - Claret - Tory - tory - tory."
His chair (right) has been overturned, under his feet are papers inscribed 'List of India Directors'; in his left hand is the 'de-Claretory Bill'. On a table (left) are wine-glasses and a decanter of Claret, empty bottles lie on the ground. 17 March 1788

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1788
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British Museum
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