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Publisher: GILLRAY, James.
Title: Visiting The Sick. (319).
Published in: Henry G. Bohn, London, 1840
Size: 10.2 x 14.2 inches.
26.0 x 36.0 cm.

In original hand colours.
Condition: Hand-coloured etching and aquatint, in very good condition. Paper size 275 x 385mm. Another caricature (pl 317, partly cut out) by Gillray printed on verso : "Don't be afraid of my Bear, Ladies & Gentleman! I have tamed & muzzled him & reformed his habits".
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Caricature by J. Gillray. Charles James Fox, dangerously ill, visited by an entourage of interested factions: representing the social and ministerial conflict surrounding him.

Plate 319, an original James Gillray copper engraving (1847-1851) from "The Works of James Gillray from the Original 18th Century Plates", published by Henry G. Bohn, London.
The plate has a b/w engraving on verso, as published by Bohn.

Published when Fox was dangerously, but, it was believed, not hopelessly ill. As Lord Holland, Fox's nephew, notes, it 'does but little credit to the author's feelings'.
He also notes of Petty: 'whom the newspapers chose to represent (erroneously) as dancing at all the London balls, and then to censure as indulging in an amusement unbecoming a chancellor of the Exchequer'; of Windham, 'who had changed his party several times' (cf. BMSat 10221) of Derby, 'with whom Mrs Armstead once lived as his mistress'.
The Prince of Wales frequently visited Fox during his illness. Trotter, 'Memoirs of the latter Years of. . . Fox', 1811, p. 117.
The Prince had been attacked by Nathaniel Jefferys (a bankrupt jeweller who had suffered from his patronage) in 'A Review of the Conduct of. . . the Prince of Wales in his various transactions with Mr. J;. . . [with] many circumstances relative to . . . the Prince and Prince of Wales, Mrs Fitzherbert, etc.', which went through eight (so-called) editions in 1806, and evoked counter-pamphlets, see BMSat 10592.

It was a 'no-Popery' tract blaming Mrs. Fitzherbert for the troubles of the Princess, cf. BMSat 10363. For Mrs. Fox's 'True Maidstone' see BMSat 10549, &c.
The print suggests the diverse interests in the Ministry, so that only Foxites mourn, while Grenvilles and Sidmouth rejoice. Actually, only Fox could keep these fragments together, and so in office.
Reference: M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VIII, 1947

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