The broken crown, or, the disasters of a green-bag chief!!! New version

The broken crown, or, the disasters of a green-bag chief!!! New version

[c.1820]. Broadside, approx. 39 x 26 cm; hand-colored etching with text in double column below title (seven verses), no publication line (as in The British Museum copy) lightly toned at edges, small tear at lower edge does not affect text, small section of lower right corner torn away without loss, else near fine. A political satire showing four ministers summoned by the King sitting at a table and leaning over a crown that is broke in two. Among the many comments within the etching, one magistrate says, "There seems to have been a flaw in it for some years it only required a slight tap to do all the mischief." A man shown in the corner answers, "I think the following prescription would be the best Cement, a handful of reformation, a large portion of the abolition of Sinicures, a ladle full of the reduction of Taxes...". The Queen is also shown apprehensively looking in on the men through a small window. None in OCLC. One copy at The British Museum (accredits Isaac Robert Cruikshank as the artist). Item #44631

Price: $250.00

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