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English: A Block for the Wigs—or, the new State Whirligig

Js. Gy. d. & ft.

SUMMARY: Cartoon shows a carousel on which sit government ministers Charles Fox, Lord North, Edmund Burke and Admiral Keppel. Beam in the center of the carousel platform is a pillar topped by a bust of King George III, a wig and Union Jack suspended over the bust. In the background two robbers lower a large bundle from the window of a building. An inscription above the cartoon reads "Poor John Bull's house plunder'd at noon day."

MEDIUM: 1 print : etching.

CREATED/PUBLISHED: [London] : W. Humphrey, 1783 May 5th.

Puns include wig for Whig and block for the device for beheading, the head-shaped device for forming wigs, and blockhead as in stupid person. Burke is dressed as a Jesuit, is reading from Sublime and Beautiful, and has a skeleton for a leg.
Date 5 May 1783(1783-05-05)
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