15860

SATIRE ON LORD LYTTLETON IN BLACK HUMOUR

The Merits and Defects of the Dead by their Ingenious Secretary.

Published
(London)

Description
Broadside, oblong folio, overall 19″ x 12″, hand-coloured engraving by William Austin, minor usage, printed one side as issued.

£350.00

SKU: 15860

Product Description

A satire on George Lyttleton. First Baron Lyttleton (1709-1773) of Hagley, Worcestershire, author of ‘Dialogues Of The Dead’. The illustration shows Lyttleton in the guise of the Grand Reaper: a tall, lanky figure sitting on a gravestone and holding a sickle. Facing him is a gravedigger holding out a human skull with the lines ‘Life is a jest and all things show it, I thought so once but now I know it’ emenating from its mouth and billowing towards Lyttleton. The gist of the satire is that Lyttleton who once assumed to record the conversations of the dead was himself not much longer for this world- as, indeed, was the case as he was to pass away barely 3 months after the publication of this broadside.