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Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827)

The Champion of the People. 11 Mar 1784

Hand-coloured etching | 26.4 x 37.5 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 810042

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Rowlandson or his publisher William Humphrey may have received payment to produce this piece of pro-Fox propaganda. Fox is shown as Hercules defeating the Hydra in order to protect England, Ireland and the East Indies against George III’s attempts to manipulate Parliament. ‘Scotch Politik’ is a reference to William Pitt’s ally Henry Dundas, a prominent Scottish politician. Probably acquired during the reign of Queen Victoria Cat. 7