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A Block for the Wigs—or, the new State Whirligig

Js. Gy. d. & ft.

SUMMARY: Cartoon shows a carousel on which sit government ministers Charles Fox, Lord North, <a href="//commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Edmund_Burke" title="Edmund Burke">Edmund Burke</a> and Admiral Keppel. Beam in the center of the carousel platform is a pillar topped by a bust of King George III, a wig and Union Jack suspended over the bust. In the background two robbers lower a large bundle from the window of a building. An inscription above the cartoon reads "Poor <a href="//commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/John_Bull" title="John Bull">John Bull</a>'s house plunder'd at noon day."

MEDIUM: 1 print : etching.

CREATED/PUBLISHED: [London] : W. Humphrey, 1783 May 5th.

Puns include wig for Whig and block for the device for beheading, the head-shaped device for forming wigs, and blockhead as in stupid person. Burke is dressed as a <a href="//commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Jesuit" class="mw-redirect" title="Jesuit">Jesuit</a>, is reading from Sublime and Beautiful, and has a skeleton for a leg.

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current21:14, 4 January 2017Thumbnail for version as of 21:14, 4 January 20173,718 × 2,788 (2.06 MB)127.0.0.1 (talk)A Block for the Wigs—or, the new State Whirligig <p>Js. Gy. d. & ft. </p> <p>SUMMARY: Cartoon shows a carousel on which sit government ministers Charles Fox, Lord North, <a href="//commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Edmund_Burke" title="Edmund Burke">Edmund Burke</a> and Admiral Keppel. Beam in the center of the carousel platform is a pillar topped by a bust of King George III, a wig and Union Jack suspended over the bust. In the background two robbers lower a large bundle from the window of a building. An inscription above the cartoon reads "Poor <a href="//commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/John_Bull" title="John Bull">John Bull</a>'s house plunder'd at noon day." </p> <p>MEDIUM: 1 print : etching. </p> <p>CREATED/PUBLISHED: [London] : W. Humphrey, 1783 May 5th. </p> Puns include <i>wig</i> for Whig and <i>block</i> for the device for beheading, the head-shaped device for forming wigs, and blockhead as in stupid person. Burke is dressed as a <a href="//commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Jesuit" class="mw-redirect" title="Jesuit">Jesuit</a>, is reading from <i>Sublime and Beautiful</i>, and has a skeleton for a leg.
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