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The Vision of the Three Cats, a Fable.

  • ARTIST: Samuel Fores

  • PUBLISHER: Pubd. Decbr. 8th 1800 by S W Fores 50 Piccadilly, Folios of Caracatures lent out for the Evening.

  • MEDIUM: Hand colored etching,

    DATE: 1800.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 8 1/2 x 15 ( 21.5 x 38.1 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: The British Museum describes this image as: George III dressed as a Turkish sultan, as in BMSat 5544, &c, reclines asleep on a pile of cushions (right), supporting his head on his left hand. In his right is an open book: 'A List of Places and. Pensions &c &c &c This red book will partly shew; How it is Our millions Go'.<br><br> Many years ago a Persian Sultan dream'd he saw three cats - one of which was very fat - another very lean, and the third blind. The next day reflecting on the oddity of the vision - he sent for a certain learned Dervis, who gave the following brief explanation. The fat cat represents the thriving state of your Ministers, - the lean cat is the symbol of the people - and the blind cat, is an emblem of the most magnificent Sultan himself.

  • ADDITIONAL INFO: Tipped down on a sheet of blue paper. Likely removed from a scrapbook.

  • CONDITION: Good condition save for faint mat line. Original hand coloring.


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