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English Political Caricature – Between Two Stools the Bottom goes to the Ground

English political caricature from 1802 –  “Between two stools the Bottom goes to the Ground”.  The text at the top reads: There is no trusting I find to that deceitful Ceylon manufacture.”

Opposition member of parliament George Tierney falls between two stools, a tattered ‘Whig Stool’ and an elegant ‘Tory Stool’.  Watching on in amusement on either side are Charles James Fox and Henry Addington.  See a copy of this print in the British Museum.

This is a version made for the German journal “London and Paris” shortly after the original was published in London.  “London and Paris” was published in Weimar between 1798 and 1815 by the publisher Friedrich Justin Bertuch.  German correspondents sent copies of original prints directly from London and Paris to Germany where they were beautifully reproduced as hand-colored etchings.

Dimensions: 23.5 x 18.5 cm