Politics in Print

Plate I
The Times Plate I
Title The Times
Plate I
Artist William Hogarth
Date 1762
Medium Etching and engraving
Location The Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College

With The Times Hogarth took a decisive political, and at this time unpopular position: supporting the peace movement against the Seven Years' War (also called the French Indian War) spearheaded by King George III and his chief advisor, Lord Bute. Bute's opponent and leader of the Commons, William Pitt, supported the interests of the war and the economic profit derived from the colonial exploitations it permitted. Pitt marches on stilts to fan the fires of war which the Union Officer of the King is trying to extinguish. William Beckford, the Lord Mayor and Pitt follower, who made a fortune through tobacco and sugar plantations in Jamaica, appears in the doorway on the left and points to a signboard advertising a naked Indian that reads 'Alive from America.'
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