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The French Invasion; or John Bull, bombarding the Bum-boats

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1851,0901.666

  • Title (object)

    • The French Invasion; or John Bull, bombarding the Bum-boats
  • Description

    A comic map, inscribed 'A new Map of England & France', actually showing England and Wales, the SW. corner of Scotland, the north of France, just including 'Paris', and the Belgian coast as far as Ostend. England is represented by the body of George III (John Bull), his head in profile to the right, wearing a fool's cap composed of 'Northumberland'. His left leg is drawn up, Norfolk forms the knee, the mouth of the 'River Thames' the ankle, Kent the foot. His outstretched right leg terminates as Cornwall. From the coast, at the junction of 'Hampshire' and 'Sussex', issues a blast of excrement inscribed 'British Declaration', which smites a swarm of 'Bum-Boats' extending from Ushant to the mouth of the Seine. The map is divided (inaccurately, and with omissions, but with a rough correctness) into counties, Wales representing the flying coat-tails of the King, who strides across the ocean with great vigour. 5 November 1793
    Hand-coloured etching

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1793
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 353 millimetres
    • Width: 250 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered within image with place names, at top right, "A new Map of England & France.", at bottom, within image, "Pubd Novr. 5th 1793. by H. Humphrey No. 18 Old Bond Street/John Schoebert fecit", and below with title.
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
    The first allusion to invasion, see BMSat 8432, &c. For similar maps see BMSats 8045, 8397, &c. For George III as John Bull cf. BMSats 6995, 8074.

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 8346 bibliographic details
  • Location

    British XVIIIc Mounted Roy

  • Exhibition history

    2001 Jun-Sep, London, Tate Britain, 'Gillray and the Art of Caricature'
    2005 Jun-Sep, London, Tate Britain, 'A Picture of Britain'

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1851

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1851,0901.666

Satire on the projected French invasion of Britain; George III, in the form of a map of England, Wales and the southern part of Scotland, defecates on a fleet of ships leaving the northern coast of France. 1793  Hand-coloured etching

Satire on the projected French invasion of Britain; George III, in the form of a map of England, Wales and the southern part of Scotland, defecates on a fleet of ships leaving the northern coast of France. 1793 Hand-coloured etching

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