The Infant Hercules

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The Infant Hercules
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Thomas Rowlandson

The infant Hercules

London, W Humphrey 3rd. Feb. 1784


Original hand colouring

225 x 330 mm


A later issue, ca. 1820 Pitt, as a naked infant seated on a circular shield inscribed 'Shield of Chatham', grasps by the neck twin serpents; one has the head of Fox (left), the other that of North. Fox has an expression of contempt, North one of distress; their bodies, the tips of which have been already cut off, extend (left) from the shield intertwined, that of Fox being inscribed 'East India Bill', that of North, 'American War'. Pitt, whose chubby childish face has no resemblance to that of the Minister, gazes straight before him, saying "These were your Ministers" B M 6402