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More luxeries for Johnny and Paddy-bull!!!

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    • More luxeries for Johnny and Paddy-bull!!!
  • Description

    Pitt (left), very thin and elongated, sits at a dinner-table on which he rests his arms, holding a knife and fork. With an anxiously insinuating, but slightly ogreish, smile he faces an Irishman and an English yokel. He says: "Johnny I am glad you're come - Your friend Paddy with you, he's as welcome as yourself. Come sit down I have got a Capital dinner for you, plenty of Herrings - broil'd sprats and Horse-beans, dont be bashful; didnt I tell you Paddy, you'd live with your Brother Johnny in Clover! & instead of Potatoes, here's Breadmade of Bran & Saw-dust - side - This will scour your Maws & cool your Hot-Blood." The fare is in three meagre dishes. John Bull (right) in smock and wrinkled gaiters, scratches his head with a sheepish grin, saying, "Yes I have brought friend Paddy along with me - But dang it Measter I be so unused to good-things, that I am almost asheamed to rob you of your Luxeries, - however as you are so pressing I'll pick a bit." Beside him is a lean and melancholy dog. Paddy, though ragged, is sturdy, and more manly and intelligent-looking than Johnny; under his arm is a shillelagh inscribed 'Luxury for Billy.' He says: "Why now do you call this keeping your promise, didn't you tell me 'twould be for the good of my Country we were united, what do you call Clover says I, why Roast-Beef & Pudding Pat, now didn't you say so - I see now if I don't ate this there's no other - Aside - Oh! if I had you in dear Ireland I'd feed you on Shelaly's & brick-bats." 1 January 1801


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  • Date

    • 1801
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 230 millimetres
    • Width: 331 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

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        Lettered: 'Pubd by Hixon, Jan 1. 1801, N° 355, Strand. Folios of Caricatures lent for the Evening'
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VIII, 1947)
    A satire on the Union and on the dearth (see BMSat 9717, &c). On 1 Jan. a Proclamation was issued summoning the first united Parliament of England and Ireland on 22 Jan. The Report of the Committee on the High Price of Provisions recommended the sale of herrings, mackerel, and pilchards (not] sprats), the use of wheaten bread (see BMSat 9713), rice, and Indian corn; beans for horses to save oats. 'Parl. Hist.' xxxv. 778 ff. (Nov.-Dec. 1800). See BMSat 9545, &c. For the Union see also BMSats 9284, &c, 9696, 9697, 9858, 9863, 10210, 10282, 11388. Cf. BMSat 9698, &c.


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 9695 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Satires British 1801 Unmounted Roy)

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    Prints & Drawings

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