Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland

The White Sheet Frieze: Caricatures of George III and Lord North


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland 1735–1811
Graphite, watercolour and ink on paper
Support: 117 × 255 mm
Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996

Display caption

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.

Gallery label, September 2004

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