Political Cartoon Etching & Aquatint  - ‘The Battle of the Clubs  or the Game of Beat Knave out of Doors’
Political Cartoon Etching & Aquatint  - ‘The Battle of the Clubs  or the Game of Beat Knave out of Doors’

Political Cartoon Etching & Aquatint - ‘The Battle of the Clubs or the Game of Beat Knave out of Doors’

1792 England

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Published by Thomas Cornell, Bruton Street, London, 21 December 1792. The print depicts a Georgian room with bold Corinthian columns and featuring an array of playing-cards, the whole suit of clubs headed by the king and queen. On the extreme right is the knave (Charles James Fox), who is being kicked out of the door by the toe of the king (King George III) which protrudes beyond the lower right corner of the card. Fox looks alarmed, saying, "Now I must associate". The queen (Charlotte, consort of George III) holds a shield on which are the arms of the City of London. A banner emerging from the cards is inscribed: 'Associations for preserving Liberty & Property against Republicans & Levellers'. Above the door (right) is a picture: 'Plan of a new Constitution'; a house of cards is being demolished by a blast inscribed 'Loyalty' which issues from a head in the upper left corner; the topmost (but dislodged) card is the knave of clubs. On the extreme left are two rats: one holds up a card, a ten of (mixed) clubs, diamonds, hearts, and spades; he says, "Association of the Dissenters" (the initial word 'loyal' has been scored through). The other rat watches him, saying, "As the Cards are against us we had better join the Clubs". Beneath the title is etched: 'NB This Game should be play'd with all the Knaves of the Pack. (British Museum. Other known copies are in the Royal Collection and Yale.

The Associations for preserving Liberty & Property against Republicans & Levellers, was founded on 20 November 1792 by John Reeves, it was the leading association in support of the constitution and opposed to the French Revolution. Fox, a prominent British Whig statesman, continued to defend the Revolution, hence he is depicted having his "seditious publications" thrown out.
Stock No. 1531
Frame: H. 10.5" (27cm) W. 12.5" (32cm)
Stock Code
1531
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