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John Bull offering little Boney fair play.

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  • Title (object)

    • John Bull offering little Boney fair play.
  • Description

    John Bull is a sailor, stripped to the waist, his trousers turned up, who stands arms akimbo in the English Channel. He looks at Napoleon, whose head peers over the top of a triple fortification on the French coast, bristling with guns, at the base of which small gun-boats are drawn up, on a low cliff rising from the sea. Napoleon, wearing his feathered cocked hat, haggard and alarmed, says: "I'm a com'ing! I'm a' coming!!!" Beside him flies a tricolour flag inscribed 'Vive la Liberta.' John, brawny and contemptuous, asks: "You're a' coming"? - You be d-n'd! [see BMSat 10110] If you mean to invade us - why make such a rout? - I say, Little Boney - why don't you come out? - yes, d-n ye, why don't you come out?" The words of both float upwards in large labels. On a cliff behind John is a fort flying the Union flag. 2 August 1803
    Hand-coloured etching


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  • Date

    • 1803
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 205 millimetres
    • Width: 257 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered: 'Pubd August 2d 1803 by H Humphrey St James s Street'
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VIII, 1947)
    Oneof many invasion prints, see BMSat 10008; cf. BMSats 10073, 10141.
    Grego, 'Gillray', pp. 300-1. Wright and Evans, No. 297. Broadley, i. 184. Reprinted, 'G.W.G.', 1830. Reproduced, Wheeler and Broadley, ii. 158.


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 10048 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Satires British 1803 Unmounted Roy)

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FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat)   Hand-coloured etching

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat) Hand-coloured etching

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