The fall of the Wolsey of the Woolsack / Vices overlook’d in the new proclamation

“Thurlow, seated on the Woolsack, and George III who stands on the extreme left, tug at the bag of the Great Seal, while Pitt and Grenville (right) attempt to dislodge the Chancellor. The King, in profile to the right, tugs with both hands, saying, “What! What! What! – pull against me Neddy? pull against me? – no! no! no! – ‘twont do!” –excerpt from British Museum online catalogue

With an impression on the verso of a reprint of James Gillray’s, with number in upper right ’80’: Vices overlook’d in the new proclamation. [London] : Pubd. May 24th 1792 by H. Humphrey, N. 18, Old Bond Street, [24 May 1792].

  • PrintmakerGillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker.
  • TitleThe fall of the Wolsey of the Woolsack [graphic].
  • Edition[State with plate no.].
  • Publication[London] : Pubd. May 24th, 1792, by H. Humphrey, No. 18 Old Bond Street [i.e. H.G. Bohn], [1849?]

Catalog Record

792.05.24.02.01+

Acquired February 2017

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The Lewis Walpole Library, a department of the Yale University Library since 1980, is an internationally recognized research collection in the field of British eighteenth-century studies. Its unrivalled collection of Walpoliana includes half the traceable volumes from Horace Walpole's famous library at Strawberry Hill and many letters and other manuscripts by him. The Library's book and manuscript collections, numbering over 32,000 volumes, cover all aspects of eighteenth-century British culture. The Library is also home to the largest and finest collection of eighteenth-century British graphic art outside the British Museum; its 35,000 satirical prints, portraits, and topographical views are an incomparable resource for visual material on many facets of English life of the period. Located in Farmington, Connecticut, forty miles north of New Haven and within easy distance of Boston and New York, the Lewis Walpole Library's collections also include drawings, paintings, and furniture, all housed on a 14-acre campus with four historically important structures and extensive grounds. The Library runs an active fellowship program and sponsors conferences, lectures, and exhibitions in cooperation with other Yale libraries and departments.

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