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- Object: John Bull ou le peuple Anglais apprenant de l'enchanteur Merlin comment finira la guerre
In the foreground is Merlin's cave, a piece of rock inscribed 'Caverne de Merlin'. Merlin (left) stands pointing through the mouth of the cave at a vision, which 'John Bull' (the name on a ticket in his top-hat) points at with pleasure, turning to grin at the spectator. He is a stout and prosperous citizen wearing top-boots. Merlin is bearded, wearing quasi-oriental dress, with gauntlet gloves and tall conical hat, emerging from a spiky crown.
The vision is in the middle distance: thunderbolts inscribed 'Repub. Francais[e]' issue from a laurel wreath; they strike and break the chair on which George III sits on a triple dais. The King falls backwards, losing his crown. Beyond the dais is a tall gibbet from which hangs the body of Pitt; it is inscribed: 'A Pit Recompense decernée par John Bull.' c. June 1803
Hand-coloured etching with aquatint
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Height: 237 millimetres
Width: 280 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VIII, 1947)
The satire, which is not later than 21 Sept. 1803, like other French prints ignores the absence of Pitt from the Ministry.
The identification of the Le Coeur who signed the plate is probable but not certain.
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