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- Object: A Poor Man Loaded with Mischief or Iohn Bull and his Sister Peg
Satire on Lord Bute and negotiations for peace with France. A scene beside a tavern with the sign of the Boot and a notice reading, "Ass's Milk here by J R from Bedfordshire 1762" (an allusion to the Duke of Bedford, chief negotiator; Bute, depicted as a Scotch woman with a raven whispering in her ear presumably brings bad news, rides on John Bull's shoulders, reaching out to a French ape (the Duke of Nivernois) who hands her a money bag and an olive branch; Bull is blind, leans on a stick, and is horned; he is led by a fox (Henry Fox) which has caught a goose (Duke of Newcastle). Beyond, James Stuart Mackenzie (Bute's brother) is shown as a Scottish cobbler works in a shed making, "a new Peace put opon Old Soles"; a Dutchman stands beside him. St Paul's is seen in the distance. The title and and scurrilous verses beneath in Mackenzie's words suggest that Englishmen should move to Scotland. 1762
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Height: 224 millimetres
Width: 63 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The image of a "man loaded with mischief" (i.e., his wife) was a popular one, deriving ultimately from a print by Daniel van de Bremden after Adrien vn de Venne of 1635.
This print was announced in the Public Advertiser, 23 September 1762 "to be had of J. Williams, next to the Mitre Tavern in Fleet Street ..." The attribution to Sandby is made on stylistic grounds.
A smaller version appeared in the Darlys' annual compilation of reduced copies of the years' anti-Bute prints (see 1877,1208.560)
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