Opening of the budget, or, John Bull giving his breeches to save his bacon [graphic] / Js. Gy. inv. et fect.
[London] Pubd. Novr. 7th, 1796, by H. Humphrey, New Bond Street [7 November 1796]
[7 November 1796]
1 print : etching on wove paper, hand-colored ; sheet 26 x 36 cm
Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 7, no. 8836 Wright, T. Works of James Gillray, the caricaturist with the history of his life and times, p. 206
Title etched below image. Sheet trimmed to plate mark on left and bottom edges. Temporary local subject terms: Yokels -- Money: guineas -- Treasury -- Male dress: Highland dress -- Budgets: Pitt's speech, Dec. 7, 1796 Frederick B. Daniell & Son ; Nov. 1962 ; Acquisitions no.: 962-11-1-14.
"Pitt (right) stands stiffly in profile to the left, holding open a large sack-like wallet inscribed 'Requisition Budget'. He addresses John Bull, the central figure, a stout yokel, who holds out his breeches in his left hand to Pitt, while he touches his hat. The budget and the breeches pockets are full of guineas. Pitt says: "More Money, John! - more Money! to defend you from the Bloody, the Cannibal French - They're a coming! - why they'll Strip you to the very Skin - more Money. John! - They're a coming - They're a coming." Dundas, Grenville, and Burke kneel on the right, bending towards the 'Budget', each with his left hand in an opening in a vertical seam, eagerly grabbing guineas. Behind them is the stone archway of the 'Treasury', with its high spiked gate. Dundas, the most prominent, wears Highland dress and holds a Scots cap full of coins. Grenville wears a peer's robe; Burke is behind. They echo Pitt: Dundas says "Ay! Ay! They're a coming! They're a coming!" Grenville: "Yes! Yes, They're a coming." Burke: "Ay They're a coming." John says: " - a coming? - are they? - nay then, take all I've got, at once, Measter Billy! - vor its much better for I to ge ye all I have in the World to save my Bacon, - than to stay & be Strip'd stark naked by Charley, & the plundering French Invasioners, as you say". His coat and waistcoat are sound, but the pockets hang inside out, empty. His lank hair, knotted kerchief, and wrinkled gaiters denote the small farmer. Behind (left), on the shore, stands Fox looking across the water towards the fortress of 'Brest' flying a tricolour flag. He hails it with upraised arms, shouting: "What! more Money ? - O the Aristocrat Plunderer! - Vite Citoyens! - vite! - vite! depechez vous! - or we shall be too late to come inn for any Snacks of the I'argant! - vite Citoyens! vite! vite!""--British Museum online catalogue.
John Bull giving his breeches to save his bacon
Gillray, James, 1756-1815 [Printmaker] Humphrey, Hannah, active 1774-1817 [Publisher]
Auchincloss, Hugh Burke, Edmund, 1729-1797 Fox, Charles James, 1749-1806 Grenville, William Wyndham Grenville, Baron, 1759-1834 John Bull (Symbolic character) -- Caricatures and cartoons Melville, Henry Dundas, Viscount, 1742-1811 Pitt, William, 1759-1806
Etchings -- England -- London -- 1796 Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1796
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