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, tide mark at left side, ink drop at figure in foreground with bellows. Wright and Evans, 178. British Museum Catalogue, 9180. Good + condition. Item #26111