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GLORIA MUNDI

 

__ or__ the Devil Addressing the Sun

 

Wright & Evans Description | British Museum Description

   
 


Image courtesy of Fred Tempereau -- SD Prints

 


Engraving from the 1851 Bohn edition
Originally Published July 22, 1782
8 7/8"w x 12 1/2"h

               
 
 

Wright and Evans Description (More ...)

11 GLORIA MUNDI; OR, THE DEVIL ADDRESSING THE SUN.
July 22nd, (1782).

FOX. LORD SHELBURNE.

On the secession of Fox from the Shelburne Administration. Fox, in the character of the Evil One, his pockets emptied through his unfortunate propensity to gambling, looking with envy at Lord Shelburne in power, and regretting the lucrative place he had quitted.

The title of this plate is in allusion to Satan's Address to the Sun, in Milton's Paradise Lost

   
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British Museum Description by M. Dorothy George (More ...)

6012 GLORIA MUNDI, OR—THE DEVIL ADDRESSING THE SUN.
Par Lost. Book iv.

Pubd July 22d 1782. by W. Humphrey.

Fox, with the legs and brush of a fox, and with horns like those of a cow, tipped to prevent mischief, projecting through the crown of his hat, stands on an E. O. table, which is placed on the summit of the globe (over the North Pole). Above, in the upper r. corner of the design is a bust portrait of Shelburne, within a circle which represents the sun and is sending out rays. He smiles cynically, looking down at Fox. Fox stands full-face, his head slightly turned upwards and to the r. towards Shelburne, saying,

To thee I call,
But with no friendly voice, & add thy name,
Sh___ne! to tell thee how I hate thy beams,
That bring to my remembrance from what state
I fell: &c. &c. &c. ...

His waistcoat pockets are turned inside out to show that he is penniless, and the E. O. table ... indicates that gambling is the cause of it. On the globe is sketched a map showing the British Isles, N. Europe, &c. Clouds rise above the globe (l.) and form a background.

   
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