The Flying Machine from Edinburgh in one day performed by Moggy Mackenzie at the Thistle and Crown 1762
  • Scottish Art
This etching attacks the supposed extraordinary emigration of Scots to England under the patronage of John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute (1713-92), who rose to power under the protection of George III. Lord Bute was the subject of numerous satires and caricatures, as were the Scots who secured jobs under his patronage. A contemporary letterpress described this work: “This shews that ‘Scotch’ Politicks are of no more Value than a Broomstick; and that an Old Woman and ‘Scotch’ Pedlar, are no more to be minded than Witchcraft.’

Glossary Open


A form of printmaking in which a metal plate is covered with a substance called a 'ground', usually wax, into which an image is drawn with a needle. Acid is applied, eroding the areas of the plate exposed but not the areas covered by wax. The action of the acid creates lines in the metal plate that hold the ink from which a print is made when the plate is pressed against paper under pressure.


This refers to the use of irony and sarcasm as a means to ridicule the subject’s vices.

Etching, Satire


  • Acc. No. PGE 31
  • Medium Coloured etching on paper
  • Size 26.90 x 23.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1993