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- Object: The end of Parliament-
An imitation of BMSat 6962 (1786) with the same title. A bull (John Bull) lies down, crushed under the weight of an enormous pile of taxes strapped to his back. The old Ministry (l.) are pulling a long chain of alternate loaves and fishes from the bull's rump, singing together (as in BMSat 6962):
"Pull, Pull, away, Pull the Fishes,
With them we will fill our Dishes,
Pull, Pull, the Loaves, pull a good crop
For we, have many mouths to stop,"
Coils of the chain lie in the foreground, the nearest loaves inscribed 'Places', 'Sinecures', and 'Pensions'. Next the bull (in place of Pitt) is Windham, one foot on the beast's rump. Next is Howick, then little Petty, then Grenville . All tug at the chain; all wear shirts and breeches. The others, behind, wave their hands in encouragement, or in eagerness to grab. Sheridan on the left wears a tattered shirt with Harlequin's breeches (see BMSat 9916). Behind this front row are (l. to r.) Moira, in regimentals and cocked hat, Ellenborough in judge's wig, Sidmouth, and Erskine, in Chancellor's wig, flourishing a document inscribed '4,000 Pr Anm' [see BMSat 10714]. The different bundles of taxes on the bull, reading downwards and l. to r., are: 'Property Tax', 'Land Tax Bill' [the two largest], 'Beer Tax', 'Horse Duty', 'House Tax', 'Tax on Coffee & Chocolate', 'Window Tax', 'Hat-Duty', 'Brick & Tile Tax', 'Duty on Perfumery', 'Spirit Duty', 'Servants Tax', 'Cyder Tax', 'Auction Duty', 'Dog Tax', 'Wine Duty', 'Tax on Carriages', 'Tax on Malt', 'Tax on Coals', 'Hair Powder Tax', 'Tax on Sugar', 'Tax on Candles', 'Tea- Tax', 'Stamp Duty', 'Tax on Hides', 'Tax on Wool', 'Tax on Glass', 'Tax on Tobacco', 'Tax on Soap', 'Salt Tax', 'Tax on Insurance', 'Tax on Pepper', 'Tax on Medicines', 'Tax on Cloth', 'Tax on Gloves', 'Shop Tax', 'Deals & Battens', 'Tax on Armorial bearings', 'Tax on Births & Deaths'.
In the foreground (l.) the ghost of Pitt rises from a tomb, indicated by rough stones, raising his shroud from his head. He looks up dismayed, exclaiming: "Just as it was in my time! Pillage & Plunder is the day still!" On the extreme right. Fox's ghost emerges similarly, looking compassionately at the bull; he says: "Poor John Bull - where's your Bed of Roses now? [see BMSat 10558, &c] oh that I where [sic] alive to combat with these Villains." May 1807
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Height: 248 millimetres
Width: 349 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VIII, 1947)
The 'villains' are Fox's own colleagues, who had just lost the loaves and fishes of office. The taxes include those from the Coalition Ministry onwards (see BMSat 6253) and even the shop-tax, repealed in 1789 (see BMSat 6798, &c.). For the taxes of the fallen Ministry see BMSat 10564, &c.; for the ghosts of Pitt and Fox cf. BMSat 10972; for the dissolution see BMSat 10727, &c.
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