A block for the wigs, or, The new state whirligig [graphic].
[London] Pubd. May 5th, 1783, by W. Humphrey, No. 227 Strand [5 May 1783]
[5 May 1783]
1 print : etching on wove paper ; sheet 25 x 36 cm
Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 5, no. 6227 Wright, T. Works of James Gillray, the caricaturist with the history of his life and times, p. 48
Title from item. Printmaker from British Museum catalogue. Text above image in upper left: Poor John Bull's house plunder'd at noon day. Sheet trimmed within plate mark. Mounted to 30 x 41 cm.
The new ministry is depicted on a large carousel, erected in front of the "Crown and Royal Bob" Inn. The structure is supported by a center pole held in place by pegs labelled "Treasury," "Navy" and "Army" terminating at the top with the head of the King in the form of a wig block. Fox, with a fox's head and tail, leads the procession, holding a bag of money. Behind him, Lord North on a horse with its legs cut short, loses his wig; Burke in Jesuit's habit and on a similarly lame horse, has partially turned into a skeleton due to his economical reform; Admiral Keppel behind him is desperate to remain seated on his donkey. Lastly a Scotsman labelled "President" signifies Scottish influence over the Crown. Watching from a seat before the Inn, a complacent John Bull mouths slogans of liberty, unaware that his house is being plundered behind him.
New state whirligig
Gillray, James, 1756-1815 [Printmaker] Humphrey, William, approximately 1740-approximately 1810 [Publisher]
Burke, Edmund, 1729-1797 Flags -- Fox, Charles James, 1749-1806 George III, King of Great Britain, 1738-1820 John Bull (Symbolic character) Keppel, Augustus Keppel, Viscount, 1725-1786 Merry-go-rounds North, Frederick, Lord, 1732-1792 Taverns (Inns) Wigs
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1760-1789
Etchings -- England -- London -- 1783 Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1783
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