Billy's Ghost ; or, Seasonable Admonition

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Billy's Ghost ; or, Seasonable Admonition
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Charles Williams

Billy’s Ghost; or, Seasonable Admonition.

London, W. Holland Feb. 1806

Etching

Original hand-colouring

250x340mm

Trimmed within platemark, neat marginal repairs

£140

Charles James Fox, wearing a blue coat and red striped waistcoat, sits at his desk, on which stand two guttering candles, looking roand in terror, his hair standing on end, as he is interrupted by the tall thin ghost of William Pitt. Pitt stands fully dressed, arms dramatically raised, draped in a sheet-like shroud, giving Fox good advice on the conduct of national affairs. Pitt had recently died (to be succeeded by his rival Fox) on Jan. 23rd after receiving the shattering news of Napoleon’s victory at Austerlitz.