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- Object: Dr Sangrado releeving John Bull of the yellow fever
John Bull, a burly artisan seated on a chair, has just been bled by Pitt who stands by him (left) holding a lancet. Portland kneels beside him in profile to the left, grasping an enormous bowl heaped with guineas into which more guineas are spouting from the punctured arm. On the right sits the nurse, Windham, applying bellows to a blazing fire on which a kettle boils, steam issuing from the spout which terminates in a serpent's jaws, inscribed 'Conventions', 'Plots', 'Conspiracy's', 'Treasons', 'Rebellions', 'Seditions', 'Invasions', '[Out]rages', 'Assassinations'. A dagger is thrust into the fire like a poker.
Pitt, very thin, stands with bent knees in profile to the right. His bag descends beneath a bushy wig and he wears a spencer (see BMSat 8192) over his coat. Beside him (right) is a large bag inscribed 'Budget' from which issue a surgeon's instruments. He says: "Come Nursey make the water boil, he gets very lax. My dear Sir you must not give way to lowness of Spirits, another Invasion [scored through] Incision I mean will cheer you. I would then advise you to Exercise yourself with your firelock, & take a Trip to the Continent." John Bull looks up at him with an agonized expression; above the incision in his right arm is a bandage inscribed 'Liberty'. In his right hand is a staff resting on the ground inscribed 'Suspension Habias Corpus'. He says: "Oh Doctor, Doctor: I fear you will take too much from me. you have bled me very freely already, I am sure I cannot support it long". Portland, also distressed, says: "Make haste Doctor or have done or I shall be obliged to give up my post: my heart begins to turn already". Windham, his cap inscribed 'W.W', says: "I'll Wind-him John Bull must be kept constantly with Hot Water." 25 February1795.
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Height: 254 millimetres
Width: 408 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
The print was doubtless published in connexion with the budget debate of 23 Feb., to which, however, it has little direct relation. Windham did not speak, but his dread of French and English Jacobins was freely expressed in debates, e.g. 30 Dec. 1794. 'Parl. Hist.' xxxi. 1034. The suspension of the Habeas Corpus Act was forced through the Commons at a single sitting, on 16 May 1794. Ibid., pp. 497-505; Rose, 'Pitt and the Great War', p. 191. See also BMSat 9002.
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