Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland The White Sheet Frieze: Caricatures of George III and Lord North 1782

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Title
The White Sheet Frieze: Caricatures of George III and Lord North
Date 1782
Medium Graphite, watercolour and ink on paper
Dimensions Support: 117 x 255 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
Reference
T08875
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This drawing refers to the resignation
of the Government in March 1782, following
a vote of no confidence. The King is shown
at the left, leading his ministers, including Lord North and Henry, 2nd Lord Bathurst,
Lord President of the Council.

 

This is the first drawing by Dance to contain an overtly political subject. The figures
are shown as if they are in a classical frieze. Their white sheets mockingly link these modern politicians to Roman senators. Dance, who was by now independently wealthy, went on to become a Member
of Parliament himself.

September 2004

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