A block for the wigs, or, The new state whirligig [graphic].
Gillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker.
[5 May 1783]
1 print : etching on wove paper ; sheet 25 x 36 cm
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. CtY-LW
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
Clothing & dress--England--1780-1790. Flags--British. John Bull (Symbolic character) Merry-go-rounds. Robberies. Taverns (Inns) Wigs.
Great Britain--Politics and government--1760-1789.
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley--Ownership. Burke, Edmund,--1729-1797--Caricatures and cartoons. Fox, Charles James,--1749-1806--Caricatures and cartoons. George--III,--King of Great Britain,--1738-1820--Caricatures and cartoons. Harvey, Francis--Ownership. Humphrey, William, approximately 1740-approximately 1810, publisher. Keppel, Augustus Keppel,--Viscount,--1725-1786--Caricatures and cartoons. North, Frederick,--Lord,--1732-1792--Caricatures and cartoons. Riviere & Son Binding.
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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
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