The generae of patriotism, or, The Bloomsbury farmer planting Bedfordshire wheat [graphic] / Js. Gy. desn. et fect.
Gillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker.
[3 February 1796]
1 print : aquatint, etching & engraving with stipple engraving on wove paper, hand-colored ; sheet 25 x 35 cm
Title etched below image. Sheet trimmed within plate mark. CtY-LW Temporary local subject terms: Jacobins -- Farms: satire on Bedfordshire -- Ploughs -- Sowings -- Money: coins as seeds -- Symbols: bonnets rouges.
"The Duke of Bedford, a stalwart, handsome and smiling farmer, strides (left to right) across a newly ploughed field, scattering guineas from a pouch slung to his shoulder; on his back is a large sack inscribed '£'. As he sows the tips of bonnets-rouges and daggers sprout up; behind him (left) they progressively emerge more completely, and appear as little Jacobins, a raised dagger in each hand, crowding in close ranks towards the horizon, where they hail (or are smitten by) thunderbolts which dart from clouds in the upper left corner of the design and explode on reaching the ground. The soil is prepared by Fox, Sheridan, and Lauderdale: Fox's smiling face is the centre of a sun which issues from clouds and shines on Bedford. A bull (John Bull) is harnessed to a plough which is guided by Sheridan wearing a bonnet-rouge. Lauderdale (bare-headed) raises a whip to flog the weary bull."--British Museum online catalogue.
Bloomsbury farmer planting Bedfordshire wheat
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley--Ownership. Bedford, Francis Russell,--Duke of,--1765-1802--Caricatures and cartoons. Fox, Charles James,--1749-1806--Caricatures and cartoons. Harvey, Francis--Ownership. Humphrey, Hannah, active 1774-1817, publisher. Lauderdale, James Maitland,--Earl of,--1759-1839--Caricatures and cartoons. Riviere & Son Binding. Sheridan, Richard Brinsley,--1751-1816--Caricatures and cartoons.
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Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 7, no. 8783 Wright, T. Works of James Gillray, the caricaturist with the history of his life and times, p. 200
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