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A New Pantomine. Harlequine.

 Digital Record
Identifier: VBI_000054


  • Creation: 1784

Conditions Governing Use

Access to the Theodore Newton Vail Collection of Aeronautical Images, Broadsides and Clippings is not authorization to publish. Separate written application for permission to publish must be made to the Institute Archives. Copyright of some items in this collection may be held by respective creators, not by the donor of the collection.

Language of Materials


Existence and Location of Originals

Box 3

Physical Description

Art on Paper


32.8 x 27.8 cm

General Note

Political cartoon satirizing the 1783 coalition of Charles Fox and Lord Frederick North. The engraving depicts an English pantomime in which Harlequin (Fox) and Pantaloon (North) are performing. Fox holds a sword over a bust of King George III which is on a rectangular pedestal decorated with the royal arms. He is standing on a document and secretly passing a paper labeled "Prerogative" to North. Above the bust a crown and sceptre are suspended, attached to a small balloon. On the back wall of the stage is a portrait of Cromwell and on the side wall is a map of the "Independent States of America." Audience members [likely also specific political figures] are cheering “Bravo” and “Encore.”

Repository Details

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