John Bull & his dog Faithful [graphic] : "Among the faithless, faithful only found".
Gillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker.
[20 April 1796]
1 print : etching on wove paper, hand-colored ; plate mark 25.4 x 35.6 cm, on sheet 29 x 40 cm
Title etched below image. Printmaker from British Museum catalogue. Temporary local subject terms: Taxes: allusion to the Dog Tax, April 1796 -- Maims -- Blindness -- Burdens: loans -- St. Paul's Cathedral.
"John Bull, blind, maimed, and ragged, walks (right to left) near a chasm, the edge of which stretches across the foreground of the design. His wooden right arm terminates in a hook to which is attached a cord from the collar of a lean greyhound with the head of Pitt (as in BMSat 8794). Pitt drags him forward and slightly towards the gulf; in his mouth is a large bare bone, his collar is inscribed 'Licenc'd to Lead'. In John Bull's left hand is a staff, on his back a burden inscribed 'Loans'. He has a wooden leg, which a dog with the head of Sheridan and a collar inscribed 'Licenc'd to Bite' is biting savagely. Behind and on the extreme right is a dog with the head of Grey, and a collar inscribed 'Grey Hound'; he bites John Bull's coat. Fox, a mastiff with a fox's brush, stands behind Pitt, glaring fiercely, on his collar is 'Licenc'd to Bark'. Behind is grass and a tree (left) and in the distance the roofs and spires of London, showing St. Paul's."--British Museum online catalogue.
John Bull and his dog Faithful
John Bull (Symbolic character)--Caricatures and cartoons.
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley--Ownership. Fox, Charles James,--1749-1806--Caricatures and cartoons. Grey, Charles Grey,--Earl,--1764-1845--Caricatures and cartoons. Harvey, Francis--Ownership. Humphrey, Hannah, active 1774-1817, publisher. Pitt, William,--1759-1806--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. 8797 Wright, T. Works of James Gillray, the caricaturist with the history of his life and times, p. 202
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