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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • Treason!!!
  • Description

    A stout Mr Bull, artisan or labourer, capers with hands on hips. He directs a blast from his posteriors at a print of the King's head which is pinned to a wall. The King, in profile to the left, looks with angry astonishment at his assailant, and the impression is of a (caricatured) head looking through a window. Bull, with a grin, looks sideways at the print. Pitt's head, much caricatured, projects in profile from the left margin, shouting in dismay: 'That is Treason Johnny'. Behind (left) is the sun, partly below the horizon. Cf. BMSat 9035. 19 March 1798


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1798
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 322 millimetres
    • Width: 247 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with artist's name, title, text within image and publication line: "Design'd & Etch'd by Rd. Newton / London Pub. by R. Newton at his Original Print warehouse No 13 Brydges St Covent Garden March 19 1798".
  • Bibliography

    • Alexander 1998 284 bibliographic details
    • BM Satires 9188 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Mounted Roy)

  • Exhibition history

    2004-2005 July-Jan, London, Tate Britain, Art and National Identity

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number


Richard Newton, Treason!!!, 1798, etching

Richard Newton, Treason!!!, 1798, etching

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