The Night Mare

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This satiric print, first published in 1783, caricatures Fuseli’s most famous painting, The Nightmare. The artist J. Boyne’s print combines the fear of the unknown in Fuseli's painting with a bitter satire charging the British government with mismanagement of the articles of the Treaty of Paris, signed September 3, 1783, which ended the war between the American colonies and Britain. The figures satirized in this print are the Whig politicians who supported the treaty, William Petty, Lord Shelburne, John Dunning, Lord Ashburton, and Charles James Fox.