Gilray: The Plum Pudding in Danger. 1805. An original colour antique etching. 14″ x 10″. [WLD4050]

The Plumb Pudding in Danger: This iconic caricature depicts Napoleon Bonaparte and William Pitt carving up the globe in the midst of the war between England and France. Pitt's fork is fashioned in the form of a trident- symbolic of Posidean god of the seas- paring half of the globe away and taking the lucrative West Indies. Napoleon's fork is fashioned as a bident,- associated with Pluto, ruler of the Underworld - and dives through Hanover, birthplace of the British Monarchy, cutting Europe away from the steaming pudding. Exceptional original colour.