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The Hare Presumptious - or A Catholic Game Trap

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    • The Hare Presumptious - or A Catholic Game Trap
  • Description

    A big fat hare with the head of the Duke of York, stands in profile to the left with a hind leg caught in a steel trap, Emancipation. Behind him grow large orange lilies. In the middle distance (left) two yokels, arm-in-arm, look over a gate: John Bull, in a smock, holds a stick, Paddy, in breeches, and with a pipe in his hat, holds a pitchfork. Beside them is a placard: These Premises belong to John Bull and his brother PAT. J. B.: By Jove, Paddy there he is, why man one of these great fat hares destroys more corn in a Month than a cart-horse and never thanks me for it. I wish these here game laws were altered a bit that I do. Pat, capering delightedly: O by my sowl you are dere sure enough and a good looking overgrown hare he is—faith and see the cunning of it—you see he hid himself snug under the Orange lillies— but he's trap'd after all—if you give him to me John I'll take him over to auld Ireland and hunt him. May 1825
    Hand-coloured etching


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    • 1825
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 238 millimetres
    • Width: 343 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

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        Lettered with title, text within image and production details: 'Robt Cruikshank Fecit. / Pubd May 1825 by J.Fairburn Broadway Ludgate Hill'.
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', X, 1952)
    For the Duke and Emancipation see No. 14768, &c. Brougham said (26 Apr.): 'You may attack the bishops—the Woolsack—the lords . . . if you will, but, if you only glance at the heir presumptive of the Crown, privilege shall rise up against you. . . .' Parl. Deb., N.S. xiii. 210. For Orange societies cf. No. 14507, &c. Two Bills of the Session are also alluded to: one for the amendment of the Game Laws, the other for the prohibition of spring-guns, steel traps, &c.; cf. No. 14772.


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 14770 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Caricatures VI p.167)

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