John Wilkes and Earl of Bute
John Wilkes and Earl of Bute
John Wilkes and Earl of Bute
"Hercules cleaning the Augean Stable, the figure on the pedestal is the symbol of bribery, corruption and hypocrisy"; scene in the House of Commons, the allusion is to intended reform of the Commons by John Wilkes (Hercules).
London Metropolitan Archives
Satirical Print Collection
Wilkes as Hercules tramples on Discord, pulls the Speaker, Sir J. Cust, from his chair. Sir F. Norton and the Members run away, while the Earl of Bute appears from behind the figure referred to in the title.
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