Print shows a critical response to the British political system by showing Prime Minister William Pitt standing on the British crown, which is possibly being flattened by the weight of his authority; he is holding a flag that depicts implements of slavery, and has an executioners axe at his waist on the left and a tobacco pipe on the right, and in his left hand holds the chains of bondage that are connected to King George III, in the foreground on the right, and members of Parliament or members of the working class behind the king and on the left. There is a gallows on the left, a scaffold with an executioner holding an axe on the right, and billowing smoke filling the background.
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Caption: Ou le triomphe de Ministre Pitt foulant aux Pieds la Couronne d'Angleterre, d'une main il tient une Hache, et les Chaines donc il a su charge la Nation et le Roi, De l'autre il porte le Drapeau de l'Esclaxage, les Impots et les Echafauds sont les moyes qu'il employe pour soutenir son pauxoir chancelant.
Inscribed in ink at bottom: Copied from part of an English print.
Paper has a watermark on the left showing a fleur-de-lis design followed by: BEBGEB.
See also: Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 6, no. 7546.
Possibly purchased by George IV from William Holland in 1790. Source: Kate Heard, Royal Collection Trust, Windsor Castle.
Forms part of: French Political Cartoon Collection (Library of Congress).