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English: Taming of the shrew: —Katharine & Petruchio; —The modern Quixotte, —or, what you will—

SUMMARY: Cartoon shows Catherine II, faint and shying away from William Pitt, who appears as Petruchio, and Don Quixote on horseback (a lean and scarred George III whose authority has been usurped by Pitt), seated behind Pitt are the King of Prussia and a figure representing Holland as Sancho Panza, Selim III kneels to kiss the horse's tail; a gaunt figure representing the old order in France and Leopold II render assistence to Catherine by preventing her from falling to the ground.

MEDIUM: 1 print : etching, hand-colored.

CREATED/PUBLISHED: [London] : Pubd. by S.W. Fores, 1791 April 20th.

According to Wright & Evans, Historical and Descriptive Account of the Caricatures of James Gillray (1851, OCLC 59510372), p. 33, "On the attempted intermediation of Great Britain, backed by Prussia and Holland, between Russia and Turkey, in the spring of 1791. Austria and France are giving encouragement to the Empress Catharine. Turkey, which was suffering severely, takes shelter behind Pitt and his supporters, who have ridden rather roughly the Hanoverian horse."
Date 20 April 1791
Source Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-USZC4-6756 (colour film copy transparency), uncompressed archival TIFF version (51 MB), level colour (pick white point), cropped, and converted to JPEG (quality level 88) with the GIMP 2.4.5.
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