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Satirical pamphlet of 24 pages entitled: “The Constitutional Apple Pie: Or Rhythmical Red-Book” Lettered below the title: “By Master Jacky Jingle with thirteen cuts.”
1.The frontispiece illustration (BM Satires 13611) represents John Bull painfully supporting the surface of a round table on his head and hands, almost covered by a huge pie which is inscribed 'Treasury' and topped by a crown. On the dish: 'Wha Wants Me?' (cf. Nos. 8103, 10249, &c.). The table is bordered with plates, and knives and forks, the centre one: 'Prerogative'. To the left are: 'Navy', 'Sinecure', 'Secret Service'; to the right: 'Army', 'Pension', 'Places'.
With the quotation in italics beneath the illustration: “Ineptè garrit. He talketh ike an old APPLE Woman.”
With the publisher’s line at the foot of the page:
“London: Published by T.Hughes, 35 Ludgate Street, 1820.”
On the verso, W.N. Jones, Printer, Old Bailey, London and at the end of the pamphlet: "W.N. Jones, Printer, Old Bailey."
2. BM Satires 13612. “A - Apple Pie” The pie almost covers the Table of the House of Commons. Castlereagh carves it, and ministerial members seated behind him (left) cram portions into their mouths. Canning, the only one characterized, has a paper inscribed 'Place' in his hat. On the right, the Opposition clamour for a share; the Speaker looks sternly towards them, saying: "To Order Boys." He holds a birch-rod.
3. BM Satires 13613. “C- Cut it-“ Castlereagh and Canning fire pistols at each other, at close range. For their duel see Nos. 11370, &c., 13520. They have made friends in order to share the spoils: 'But with true Irish bronze, they carv'd out the Pie.'
4. BM Satires 13614. “E- Eat it.” Eldon sits on the 'Wool[sack]' beside the pie; he has speared on his fork a fragment inscribed '30,000 Pr Anm', and puts a hand to his ear to exclude the voice of an opera-singer (Catalani, see BM Satires No. 10919) in the background : “One 'E——n', a big wig, who well lov'd good cheer/ Though no musical sounds e'er delighted his ear.”
5. BM Satires 13615. “F- Fought for it.” Four ragged and starving people register the pangs of acute hunger. In the background little figures made of lines and dots (see BM Satires No. 12955, &c.) are ascending into the sky ('they pack off to Heav'n in a "General Fast"', cf. BM Satires No. 8428): one falls headlong. Below: “That was some ages ago,—/Britons now kiss the hand that deals them a blow;” The distress of 1819 (see vol. ix, p. xlii) continued, abating in the second half of the year. Cf. BM Satires No. 13716.
6. BM Satires 13616. “G- Got it;” The Regent (not named) sits by a kitchen fire with a fat cook on his knee. He tipsily holds out a glass to Col. Bloomfield who tipsily spills the wine he pours. On a table (right) is the pie, and on the floor a broken plate: “And G stands for 'Gluttons', who live but to feed/ Who love 'old fat women'—no matter how tough/ And 'kitchen companions', and frolics and stuff,
7. BM Satires 13617. “H- Had It.” See BM Satires Nos 13208, 13732 and 13618
A tragedy queen, with a dramatic gesture, stabs the pie with a dagger at a section marked '400 Pr Ann'; her left arm is round a younger version of herself, also eager for the pie. They are: “Mistress H—nn, and her daughter Maria,—ods hearts!/Fine as 'tragedy queens', when they're playing their parts;” In this illustration Canning is attacked through his mother, who, when a widow, went on the stage, which she left when, in 1801, Canning settled his pension of £500 a year on her and her daughter. Her third husband was a Mr. Hunn. Cf. a scurrilous passage in the 'Black Book', p. 53, on Canning and his mother. Cf. BM Satires Nos. 13301, 13787, 15398.
8. BM Satires 13618. “L- Long’d for It.” Fat ladies, two wearing coronets, dance in a ring round the Regent's bomb (burlesqued), see BM Satires No. 12799. A satire on the Regent's preference for the 'fair, fat and forties'.
9. BM Satires 13619. “M- Mourned for it.” Castlereagh carves the pie, seated on a high chair; he hands on his fork a portion inscribed 'Subsidy' to the Tsar. The other expectants are the Emperor of Austria, King of Prussia, and Bernadotte, now Charles XIV of Sweden. Past history, cf. BM Satires No. 12875, &c.
10. BM Satires 13620. “O- Open’d it.” The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street, emaciated and dressed in bank-notes as in No. 9016, sits on her chest between two doctors. Sidmouth (left) holds her pulse, Stoddart (Dr. Slop) advances (right) a prescription inscribed 'Slop'. Behind is an ass. On account of the restriction of cash payments: “The consumptive 'Old Dame' is so near to her grave, No longer has 'Ass's Milk' power to save; . . .” The print is a plea for the resumption of cash payments, see BM Satires No. 13198.
11. BM Satires 13621. “P- Pray’d for a Bit.” Fat parsons surround the pie, grabbing with fingers or spoon; two are kneeling. A bishop presides, intent only on helping himself: “The 'Priesthood' advanc'd, and at one single claw,Took a 'tythe' of the whole—what a ravenous maw! The Great are reliev'd by [i.e. of] the 'Property-Tax', And the burthen falls solely on Little Ones' backs.”
12. BM Satires 13622. “V U W- View’d it.” Vansittart, in his Chancellor of the Exchequer's gown, stands by the pie, holding up a broom: "And, though 'rope' be the end on't we'll cling till we die, And dare any d-n'd 'Whig' touch a bit of 'our' Pie!"
13.BM Satires 13623. “X Y Z.” John Bull, flourishing a bludgeon and waving his hat, tramples over fragments of the pie-dish, while Tories and Whigs flee in confusion; only Sidmouth (kicked by John), Castlereagh, and Eldon are recognizable. This onslaught:
occasion'd 'Reform'—and banish'd disorder: “And once more Johnny Bull liv'd in'—
APPLE PIE ORDER”
Wood engraved illustrations to a letterpress pamphlet.
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Height: 213 millimetres (approx. page size)
Width: 137 millimetres (approx. page size)
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- Bound as part of "Political Tracts Volume 4" a compilation of political pamphlets published circa 1819-1822, number 4 of 10 volumes.
(Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', X, 1952)
An imitation of, or imitated by, BM Satires No. 13588, 1865, 1111,652 &c., but seeming to advocate Reform by direct action, see BM Satires Nos. 13615, 13623. The woodcuts, BM Satires Nos. 13611-23, are by G. Cruikshank. (Reid, Nos. 3010-21.)
The cuts were used also for 'John Bull's Constitutional Apple-Pie', pub. Fairburn, 1820, professedly a 3rd edition, but with text differing in many ways. Cohn, No. 455.
Reid, No. 4743. Cohn, No. 158.
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Associated with: George Canning
Associated with: Robert Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh and 2nd Marquess of Londonderry
Associated with: Charles Manners-Sutton, Archbishop of Canterbury
Associated with: Angelica Catalani
Associated with: John Scott, 1st Earl of Eldon
Associated with: Benjamin Bloomfield, 1st Baron Bloomfield
Associated with: George IV, King of the United Kingdom
Associated with: Maria Redditch
Associated with: Mary Anne Costello
Associated with: Karl XIV Johan, King of Sweden and Norway (Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte)
Associated with: Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor and Francis I, Emperor of Austria
Associated with: Frederick William III, King of Prussia
Associated with: Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth
Associated with: John Stoddart
Associated with: Nicholas Vansittart, 1st Baron Bexley
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