A Visit to the Irish Pig!! with reflections physical and moral Public Deposited

A Visit to the Irish Pig!! with reflections physical and moral

Shelf Mark/Reference Number
  • OLS CARI-ROB 347
Rights statement
  • Copyright The Board of Trinity College Dublin. Images are available for single-use academic application only. Publication, transmission or display is prohibited without formal written approval of the Library of Trinity College, Dublin.
Publisher location
  • No 50 Piccadilly, London
  • England
Date Created
  • issued 07-01-1799
  • British Museum No. 9339“George III stoops to inspect through a glass a gigantic pig standing in a stable, but facing the King, and projecting beyond the partition of his stall. Behind the King (1.) stands a courtier in Light Horse regimentals, but wearing a gold key which indicates the Lord Chamberlain (Salisbury). He holds up a lantern, saying: That Pig is the Tallest Fittest Properest Pig to stand before the K the most wonderful I ever had the honor to shew — it is arrived from Ireland — truly worthy the Inspection of the curious, an amazing animal! The King answers True — true — very fat Ireland! — hae? hae? — hope he did not eat any of the Rebels! — shant like the Pork if he has — stick to Fetter Lane — clean and wholesome that — Pretty sausages — hae — hae — What does he say?!! talks French hae? hae. The pig, whose snout is close to the King's face, says We — We — We — . Beneath it is inscribed This Pig measures 5 feet high & 10 feet long. Evidently the Enniscorthy boar, a gigantic and well-formed animal, sent as 'an olive branch' by ex-rebels to be presented to the King and placed in the Tower menagerie as a curiosity. The pig was first shown to the public by its keepers. According to Sir Jonah Barrington, an Irish- man from Wexford recognized the animal and announced, to amuse the company, that the Irish attributed its bulk to its having eaten the Protestant clergyman of Enniscorthy after the battle. The King, hearing of this, ordered the animal to be shot at once.” (Source: George)
Collection title
  • Robinson Collection of Caricatures
Series title
  • Robinson Collection of Caricatures
  • Presented to the Library of Trinity College Dublin in 1996 by Nicholas K. Robinson.
Resource type
  • ink
  • paper (fiber product)
  • Irish
Digital Object Id
  • OLS-CARI-ROB_0347
  • 0042589


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