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- Object: The budget or John Bull frightened out of his money [scored through and replaced by] wits
A design divided into two compartments by a vertical wooden erection, in the upper part of which is a form of (English) telegraph (cf. BMSat 9232); the lower contains a shoot through which coins in mass are poured by persons on the right. Pitt (left), immediately behind the telegraph, pulls the strings which move the letters: they form the words 'they are coming'. John Bull, stripped to his shirt, tattered shoes, and ungartered stockings, empties the contents of his breeches into the shoot; the coins from them fall in a heap on the ground on the other side, where they are collected by Pitt and his friends. Pitt, looking round the machine with an agitated expression, exclaims: "Make haste John, for if these Bloody minded rogues come, they'll strip the very rind of your back, more money, more money, beside after I've got all your money Til make a Soldier of you, They're a coming John". John Bull, terrified, says, his left hand pointing left (to Fox): "What are they a coming? then here take all Ive a got left, you had my coat & waistcoat before fore Ise waundly afeard of these sans-Clouts & that there fellow there is allways hallowing to. um."
A little boy in a ragged shirt clutches his father's shirt, saying, "Oh Dear make hast Feather you see they're coming & we shall be stript Naked."
In the middle distance, on the shore, Sheridan, Lauderdale, and (?) Erskine stand together to make a support for Fox, who stands, left foot on Sheridan's shoulder, right on Lauderdale's head, hailing a distant fleet which is leaving a fortified French port. He says: "Make haste Citoyens or by------there will be no money left for us". From Lauderdale's pocket projects a paper: 'Petition agt Earl of Errol' [see BMSat 9024].
On the left Dundas, in profile to the right, kneels (as in BMSat 8836) to catch guineas in his Scots cap. He wears Highland dress and his plaid is full of coins. He says "they're a coaming". Burke drags at a cloth filled with coins, saying, "theyre a coming". Grenville walks off in profile to the left, carrying on his back a sack inscribed '£100' (ciphers concealed) saying "They're a coming"; Windham drags off his sackful, saying, "They're a coming, make hast or we will be all Killed off". Pitt's coat-pocket is full of coins. An imitation of BMSat 8836.
Reproduced, Broadley, i. 83. 20 November 1796.
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Height: 274 millimetres
Width: 368 millimetres
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