- Museum number
Political pamphlet of 10 pages without illustrations, entitled "Gulp it Down Johnny. A New Song for the New Year."
Lettered beneath the title:
"A Free Version of the Spanish Song Traga la Perro or, Gulp it Down Dog."
Beneath the title, in italics:
"DR Slop Says,
The Wretch who could pen it is a brute!
He who can peruse it without disgust is half a rebel!!
He who can mouth the murder of a King to the tune of Gee ho!
Dobbin is an idiot!!!-Alas poor slop!
Question - To what tune did Dr.Slop sing the "murder" of the people at Manchester.?"
With the publisher's line:
"London: Printed and Published by Thomas Dolby, 299, Strand; And 34, Wadour Street, Soho; And may be Had of All Booksellers,
The song concerns the supposedly archetypal Englishman "John Bull's" relationship with the monarchy using the examples of Charles I and James II to invoke a tradition of dissent against arbitrary exercises of royal power. Extensive "footnotes" giving historical explanation are printed beneath the words of the song.
- Production date
- 1821 (January 1821)
Height: 220 millimetres (Approximate page height)
Width: 135 millimetres (Approximate page width)
- Curator's comments
- The pamphlet does not contain musical notation which suggests that the tune would already be known to the pamphlet's audience.
Bound as part of "Political Tracts Volume 2," number 2 of 10 volumes of “Political Tracts” A compilation of satirical and political pamphlets published circa 1819-1822. The contents of this volume mainly concern the Queen Caroline affair and satirise the Prince Regent, subsequently George IV, his court and ministers.
The song is republished in "A New Version of John Bull's Song-Book." also published by Thomas Dolby (see 1865,1111,585.)
As the pamphlet is not illustrated, it is not included in M. Dorothy George's "Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires."
- Not on display
- Associated events
- Associated Event: Peterloo (The "murder" of the people at Manchester) 1819
- Associated titles
Associated Title: A New Version of John Bull's Song Book ("Gulp it Down Johnny" is one of the songs reproduced in this compilation also published by Dolby 1865,1111,585.)
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- See the letter book for 1865 for papers relating to the collection, including a list drawn up in Cruikshank's own hand.
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