Politics in Print

Plate II
 
The Times Plate II
Title The Times
Plate II
Artist William Hogarth
Date September 1762/63 (published 1790)
Medium Etching and engraving
Location The Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College

First published in 1790 after Hogarth's death, Plate II of The Times depicts a more peaceful and prosperous Britain. Plants are nourished by water spouting from the monument of George III, with the elegant Lord Bute as the chief gardener of the State. A gigantic palette dangling from the facade of a newly-erected public building indicates that under the reign of the young King art flourishes. 'Ms Fanny' and 'Wilkes'--a fervent opponent of the King and his prime minister--appear in the pillory, while to the left those few members of Parliament who are still awake, including Pitt with bandaged legs, shoot at the dove of peace in the sky.

 

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