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- Object: Reform yourselves- leave it not for me to do- my method may not suit you.
The head and fore-paws of a bull-dog, its collar inscribed 'John Bull', extend into the design from the right. The left paw rests on a boarded floor, the right is on the back of a rat, whose paw is across a blade of wheat. Behind are many other warily apprehensive rats; they look towards the dog but show no panic. A realistic representation. April 1831?
Etching, slightly aquatinted
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Height: 330 millimetres
Width: 257 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', XI, 1954)
The rats are enemies of Reform, who (as sinecurists, &c.) devour the corn in J. B.'s granary. The dog is a portrait of the famous Billy, see No. 16644 Cf. No. 17156, an adaptation.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2009 Feb-Apr, Leeds City Art Gallery, RANK
2009 Apr-Jun, Sunderland, Northern Gall of Contemp Art, RANK
2009 Jul-Sep, Blackpool, Grundy Art Gallery, RANK
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