Tuesday, 15 March 2016

A Rather Scurilous but Amusing Engraving of Alexander Pope

Alexander Pope.
Engraving 1733.
Frontispiece to Ingratitude: to Mr. Pope. Occasion'd by a Manuscript Handed About, under the Title of, Mr. Taste's Tour from the Land of Politeness, to that of Dulness and Scandal, &c. &c. (London: printed and sold by J. Dormer, 1733). A nobleman holds a struggling Alexander Pope at the hips while another urinates on his backside; a third stands to the left, laughing, while a fourth on the right observes. Pope cries out "Damn me if I don't put you all in the Dunciad!"
Image from the Huntington Library.


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