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Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827)

His Highness the Protector. 19 Jan 1784

RCIN 810027

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Charles James Fox is shown protecting the door of the Treasury. The dog at his feet has the head of his ally Lord North. A few days earlier, Fox had threatened to prevent payments for public services when Parliament was not sitting. Here Rowlandson identifies Fox with the ‘Lord Protector’ Oliver Cromwell, but criticises his assumption of powers beyond his remit by adding ‘His Highness’. Probably purchased by George IV when Prince of Wales Cat. 3