The Times


click here for a full-size view (627K)

"The Times," plate I, etching and engraving, first state, 1762. Beneath a dove of peace, the King on top of a fire engine struggles to extinguish the flames of the Seven Years' War. Led by Pitt, disguised as Henry VIII, the hawkish faction feeds the flames of war while adherents of the Bute ministry try to douse the conflagration. Carefully crafted, these large compositions involved a wealth of amusing and pertinent details.