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Image captionThe Dissolution; or, The Alchymist Producing an Aetherial Representation.
Creator (Artist) Gillray, James , 1756 - 1815
Image Type Photomechanical print
Image Date 1936
Size 9 x 12 cm.
Call number Smith P/C245B M
Notes Alchemy. Reproduction of a drawing, from Industrial and Engineering Chemistry, September 1936. Original publication of image: May 21, 1796 (no. 150). Caricature showing Prime Minister William Pitt (1759-1806) as an alchemist. Description of image by Thomas Wright, in Historical and Descriptive Account of the Caricatures of James Gillray (London 1851), p. 78: "On the intention to dissolve Parliament, announced in the Speech from the Throne which closed the Session of 1796. Pitt, the political Alchymist, which his treasury coals (the gold of the nation), and his royal alembic, is dissolving one Parliament (where there is opposition) to produce another which will be more subservient to him. He is seated on one of his own new barracks, the subject of some warm debates in the Parliament which was now to be dissolved."
 
Apparatus in the image (See Glossary)
Apparatus Name Function
Alembic  
Bellows  
Furnace (Stove, Oven)