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Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827)

The Modern Egbert, or the King of Kings. 8 Jan 1789

RCIN 810315

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Eighteenth-century histories of Britain often began with Egbert (d. AD 839), King of the West Saxons. Pitt is here shown as Egbert, in a barge rowed by four of his supporters (Baron Thurlow, Earl Temple, Henry Dundas and the third Duke of Richmond). The flag shows Pitt’s crest of a stork and an anchor. In a small boat towed behind them is the Prince, bound in chains in a reference to Pitt’s restricting of his potential regency. Probably acquired during the reign of Queen Victoria Cat. 24