Patent saddles invented solely for the ease of Boreas and Reynard
London, T. Colley, May 29th. 1783
Original hand colouring
240 x 350 mm
Fox and North riding (left to right) on clumsy horses in the direction of a sign-post (right) pointing “To St James 5 Miles”. The seats of the saddles are covered with large projecting spikes. North (right) has lost his stirrup, and is bouncing on the spikes with a face of anguish. Under his arm is a document inscribed, “Taxation”. The rapidity of the horse’s trot is indicated by his streaming wig and coat-tails. His breeches, like those of Fox, are covered with cobwebs. Fox is turning round in the saddle to face the spectator, having dropped the reins, one hand rests on the horse’s shoulder, the other on its hindquarters. Under his arm is a document inscribed “Coalition”. Beneath the design is engraved:
“A true Englishmans toast; a hard trotting Horse, a Porcupine Saddle, a Cobweb Pair of Breeches, for the Enemies of Great Britt—an.” [This, ‘mutatis mutandis’, was a toast of the Fellowship Club, Newport, Rhode Island, in December 1773. Belcher, ‘First American Civil War’, 1911, i, 120].