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The Union Club

Author: James Gillray; Hannah Humphrey; Gordon Norton Ray
Publisher: London : Publish'd. Jany. 21st. 1801, by H. Humphrey, St James's Street, [1801]
Edition/Format:   Image : Graphic : Original artwork : Picture : English
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Print shows a drunken debauch in the new Union Club, where the chief members of the Opposition have gathered around a long table where Fox, grossly corpulent, sits in an armchair asleep, his feet on the table, a pipe in one hand. Nearly opposite his feet is the chair of state, on the table; on the empty seat is the Prince's cocked hat with triple plume, his motto 'Ich Di[en]' within the crown. The chair is  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Caricatures
Etchings
Hand colored prints
Caricatures and cartoons
Named Person: Charles James Fox; George, King of Great Britain; Charles Stanhope Stanhope, Earl; Charles Howard Norfolk, Duke of; John Nicholls; Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice Lansdowne, Marquess of; Samuel Parr; Francis Rawdon-Hastings Hastings, Marquess of; William Henry Fortescue Clermont, Earl of; Richard Brinsley Sheridan; Thomas Pitt, Baron Camelford; Edward Smith-Stanley; James Mathew Montagu; Lumley St George Skeffington, Sir; John Russell Bedford, Duke of; George Tierney; George Walpole Orford, Earl of; Thomas Erskine Erskine, Baron; William Douglas Queensberry, Duke of; Thomas Davies; George James Cholmondeley Cholmondeley, Marquess of; Sholto Henry Maclellan Kirkcudbright, Baron; George Hanger; Charles Sturt; Thomas Tyrwhitt Jones, Sir
Material Type: Graphic, Original artwork, Picture
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: James Gillray; Hannah Humphrey; Gordon Norton Ray
OCLC Number: 300034915
Notes: Beneath the design is engraved the toast to the Union: "We'll join hand in hand, all Party shall cease ... [etc.].
Description: 1 print : etching, hand color ; image 280 x 436 mm, plate mark 299 x 439 mm, on sheet 340 x 481 mm
Responsibility: Js. Gillray, invt. & fect.

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Print shows a drunken debauch in the new Union Club, where the chief members of the Opposition have gathered around a long table where Fox, grossly corpulent, sits in an armchair asleep, his feet on the table, a pipe in one hand. Nearly opposite his feet is the chair of state, on the table; on the empty seat is the Prince's cocked hat with triple plume, his motto 'Ich Di[en]' within the crown. The chair is surrounded by broken wine-bottles; its former occupant, the Prince, lies on his back under the table, one arm flung over Lord Stanhope, who lies unconscious, clasping a bottle. In the foreground, opposite the Prince, Norfolk lies with his head against the seat of his overturned chair, looking very ill. Behind him two waiters bring in a full tub of Whiskey Punch, which they spill; one treads on the face of the prostrate Nicholls. All those who are not incapacitated or brawling are toasting the Union. Among the revellers may additionally be recognized the figures of Lansdowne, Parr, Moira, Lord Clermont, Sheridan, Camelford, Derby, Montagu Mathew, Skeffington, Bedford, Tierney, Walpole, Erskine, Queensberry, General Davies the caricaturist, Lord Cholmondeley, Lord Kirkcudbright, George Hanger, Sturt, and Tyrwhitt Jones. In the background, crowded with figures, is wild confusion, with a free fight in progress: a military officer raises a chair to smite; poker, brush, tongs, a stool, bottles, glasses, & c, are weapons or missiles. A lighted chandelier is being broken. In a musician's gallery (right) five men, in Windsor uniform, impassively play 'God save the King' on wind instruments.

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