London: Js. Gillray, 27, St. James's Street, Ca. 1850. The scene takes place in the House of Commons - To the left are shackled convicts; to the right the French are depicted as pirates. The Head of the House is being shackled and gagged by other pirates - his rather grand throne is inscribed "This House adjourned to Botany Bay, Sine die". An upended table in the foreground has scattered books entitled Magna Charta (sic); Declaration of Rights; Hanover Succession; Claim of Rights;Journals of the House.
Platemark 14 1/2 X 10 5/8" with margins. Etching, a later impression, ca. 1850, numbered 178 in the top right corner, with a partial caricature image on the verso. Slightly toned along top edge, otherwise bright and clean, a strong impression. Wright and Evans, 178. British Museum Catalogue, 9180. Very good overall. Item #26110