Collection online

Anti-saccharites, -or- John Bull and his family leaving off the use of sugar

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • Anti-saccharites, -or- John Bull and his family leaving off the use of sugar
  • Description

    The King, Queen, and six Princesses, three quarter length, are seated round a frugal tea-table. The King, in profile to the right, faces his daughters, holding his cup and saucer to his lips, and saying, with a staring eye, "delicious! delicious". The Queen sits in the centre behind the small tea-pot, holding her cup and saucer in bony fingers, and looking with a wide and cunning smile towards the Princesses, saying, "O my dear Creatures, do but Taste it! You can't think how nice it is without Sugar: - and then consider how much Work you'll save the poor Blackeemoors by leaving off the use of it! - and above all, remember how much expence it will save your poor Papa! - O its charming cooling Drink!" The Princess Royal sits at the end of the row, on the extreme right, with four sisters diminishing in age on her right, a sixth just indicated behind the Queen. They hold, but do not drink, cups of tea, with expressions varying from sulky discontent to defiant surprise. Below the title is etched: 'To the Masters & Mistresses of Families in Great Britain, this Noble Example of Œconomy, is respectfully submitted.' 27 March 1792
    Hand-coloured etching


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1792
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 313 millimetres
    • Width: 397 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title, text within image and publication line: "Pubd. March 27th. 1792. by H. Humphrey No 18 Old Bond Street".
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
    For the boycott of sugar as a protest against the slave trade see W. Fox, 'An Address to the People of Great Britain on the Propriety of Abstaining from West India Sugar and. Rum', 1791. W. L. Mathieson, 'England in Transition', 1920, pp. 68-70. Cf. T. L. Peacock, 'Melincourt' (Halliford ed.), pp. 292 ff. The resolutions of the 'Antisaccharites' were ridiculed on the ground that they covered only one kind of colonial produce. 'Lond. Chronicle', 30 March 1792. For the royal family and sugar see BMSat 8081; for the slave trade see also BMSat 7848. For the supposed miserliness of the King and (especially) the Queen, see BMSat 7836, &c.
    Grego, 'Gillray', pp. 140-1 (reproduction, frontispiece). Wright and Evans, No. 78. Reprinted, 'G.W.G.', 1830. Reproduced, 'Social England', ed. Traill, 1904, v. 505.


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 8074 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Mounted Roy)

  • Exhibition history

    2001 Jun-Sep, London, Tate Britain, 'Gillray and the Art of Caricature'

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number


FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 27 March 1792  Hand-coloured etching

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 27 March 1792 Hand-coloured etching

Image description



If you’ve noticed a mistake or have any further information about this object, please email: 

View open data for this object with SPARQL endpoint

Object reference number: PPA83378

British Museum collection data is also available in the W3C open data standard, RDF, allowing it to join and relate to a growing body of linked data published by organisations around the world.

View this object

Support the Museum:
donate online

The Museum makes its collection database available to be used by scholars around the world. Donations will help support curatorial, documentation and digitisation projects.

About the database

The British Museum collection database is a work in progress. New records, updates and images are added every week.

More about the database 


Work on this database is supported by a range of sponsors, donors and volunteers.

More about supporters and how you
can help