Effusions of a Pot of Porter, - or - Ministerial Conjurations for Supporting the War
37.8 cm x 29.2 cm (14 7/8 in. x 11 1/2 in.)
(London, 1757 - 1815, London)
Medium and Support:
Etching and aquatint with hand-coloring
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Anonymous gift, 2010
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The year 1799 was marked by particularly bad weather, causing prices to increase on many domestic products. In this print, Prime Minister William Pitt commands the elements to destroy crops, specifically beer-brewing crops such as malt and hops, causing shortages and higher prices. Pitt’s enemies claimed he drove the prices up in order to fund the war against the French Republic.