John Bull taking a luncheon, or, British cooks cramming old grumble-gizzard with bonne-chére [graphic] / Js. Gillray invt. & fect.

Gillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker.
Physical Description:
1 print : etching on wove paper, hand-colored ; sheet 26 x 37 cm
Title etched below image.
Sheet trimmed within plate mark.
Temporary local subject terms: Victories: Reference to Nelson's victory in the battle of the Nile, 1 August 1798 -- Military uniforms: admiral's uniform -- Food: fricasse of French ships -- Opposition: members of the Opposition -- Broadsides: Buonaparte in Egypt, covered with Nelson's hat -- Furniture: ornate chair -- Untensils: fork and knife -- Containers: jug -- Beer: True British stout -- Obesity.
"John Bull, gross and obese, seated at a table covered with the emblems of naval victory, looks towards British admirals, who advance towards him wearing aprons over their uniforms, but with stern expressions, holding out dishes containing captured French ships. John, knife in his right hand, about to swallow a French ship speared on his fork, says: "What! more Frigasees? - why you sons o' bitches, you, where do ye think I shall find room to stow all you bring in? - " In the foreground is Nelson, in profile to the left, his face bearing scars; from his pocket hangs a 'List of French Ships Taken Burnt & destroy[ed]'. His dish is 'Fricassée à la Nelson'. Howe, full-face, is the centre of the group with 'Fricando à la Howe'. Warren holds up 'Desert à la Warren'. Behind Nelson (right) is Duncan, whose dish contains 'Dutch Cheese [bis] à la Duncan'. The other three are less characterized, their dishes are: 'a la Gardiner', 'à la Bridport', and 'à la Vincent'. Behind appears the head of an eighth officer. On the wall behind John Bull hangs a hat with a ribbon inscribed 'Nelson'; it obscures a print of 'Buonaparte in Egypt'. On the floor stands a large frothing jug of 'True British Stout', decorated with the Royal Arms. The table is laid with crossed cannons, a dish of battered ships: 'Soup and Bouilli'; and side-dishes containing small gunboats. Through an open window leaders of the Opposition are seen in flight, with upraised arms: Fox says, "Oh, Curse his Guts! he'll take a Chop at Us, next." Next him is Sheridan."--British Museum online catalogue.
Variant Titles:
British cooks cramming old grumble-gizzard with bonne-chére
John Bull (Symbolic character)--Caricatures and cartoons.
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley--Ownership.
Bridport, Alexander Hood,--Viscount,--1726-1814--Caricatures and cartoons.
Duncan of Camperdown, Adam Duncan,--Viscount,--1731-1804--Caricatures and cartoons.
Fox, Charles James,--1749-1806--Caricatures and cartoons.
Gardner, Alan Gardner,--Baron,--1742-1809--Caricatures and cartoons.
Harvey, Francis--Ownership.
Howe, Richard Howe,--Earl,--1726-1799--Caricatures and cartoons.
Humphrey, Hannah, active 1774-1817, publisher.
Nelson, Horatio Nelson,--Viscount,--1758-1805--Caricatures and cartoons.
Riviere & Son Binding.
Sheridan, Richard Brinsley,--1751-1816--Caricatures and cartoons.
St. Vincent, John Jervis,--Viscount,--1735-1823--Caricatures and cartoons.
Warren, John Borlase,--Sir,--1753-1822--Caricatures and cartoons.
Satires (Visual works)--England--1798.
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Call Number:
Auchincloss Gillray v. 4
Orbis Record:
Yale Collection:
Lewis Walpole Library
Digital Collection:
Lewis Walpole Library
Local Record Number:
Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 7, no. 9257
Wright, T. Works of James Gillray, the caricaturist with the history of his life and times, p. 248