Master Billy's Procession to Grocers Hall

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Master Billy's Procession to Grocers Hall
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Thomas Rowlandson
Master Billy’s Procession to Grocers Hall.
London, W Humphrey 1784
Etching
Original hand colouring
250 x 350 mm
£280
The mob, using bludgeons and fists, attack Pitt's procession in St. James's Street on its return from the City on the night of 28-29 Feb. The scene is in front of Weltje's shop, from whose first-floor balcony the Prince of Wales, wearing his ribbon and star, waves a hat, shouting Fox For Ever huzza. Across the shop-front is inscribed C. Weltje Cotectioner [sic] to his Royal Highness. Immediately below is a coach, from which Pitt is addressing the mob who are attacking with bludgeons. Its roof is inscribed Mastir Billy. On the extreme right stands Fox, waving his hat. Sam House, supported on the shoulders of another man, holds up a flag inscribed Down with Pit'. A banner, Pitt & Prerogative, lies on the ground. On the extreme left is a banner, Kings Men,  Spectators look from the windows of the houses. The house behind Fox is inscribed Kelseys.
BM 6442