An Excrescence; A Fungus; Alias - A Toadstool upon a Dung-hill  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

An Excrescence; A Fungus; Alias - A Toadstool upon a Dung-hill[1] is a caricature by James Gillray.

"Political caricature depicting William Pitt as a political mushroom (toadstool) engrafting itself upon the Crown (dunghill). [...] The possible inspiration for this particular caricature was a comment made (perhaps in the House of Commons) likening Pitt to a type of political mushroom feeding on the compost of royal patronage. Gillray shows the Prime Minister with a swollen, blotchy face, an allusion to his well know dependence on alcohol."[2]




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