The Impeachment

The Impeachment

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Caption: The Impeachment, Edmund Burke, dressed as the Roman senator Cicero, prosecutes Hastings, identifiable by his oriental dress. The figure hidden beneath Burke's cloak is John Powell, a cashier employed in the Paymaster's Office who transferred large sums of money to pay off Fox's debts. The poem beneath the illustration makes an unfavourable comparison between standards of public morality in Cicero's time and in eighteenth-century Britain. Published : 1786 Illustrated by James Sayers.

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Keywords: caricature, cartoon, historical, history, impeachment, james sayers, satire, satirical, visual and verbal communication, visual works

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