Begging no robbery, i.e., voluntary contribution, or, John Bull escaping a forced loan [graphic] : a hint from Gil Blas / Js. Gy. d. et fect.
Gillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker.
[10 December 1796]
1 print : etching on wove paper, hand-colored ; plate mark 25.3 x 35.7 cm, on sheet 31 x 40 cm
Title etched below image. Temporary local subject terms: Highwaymen -- Beggars -- Weapons: blunderbuss -- Pistols -- Petitions -- Reference to Loyaly Loan -- Symbols: White Horse of Hanover -- Coins: guineas -- Signposts.
"John Bull (left), a stout countryman wearing jack-boots, rides (right to left) through a wood on a wretched hack, ready to fall under his weight. Pitt kneels on the ground (right) in profile to the left, aiming a blunderbuss (which is supported on crossed sticks) point-blank at John; it is inscribed 'Standing Army'. He masquerades as a beggar: his dress is tattered, on the ground is his hat, containing coins; he says: "Good Sir, for Charity's sake \ "have Pity upon a poor ruin'd Man; - \ "drop if you please, a few bits of \ "Money into the Hat, & you shall \ "be rewarded hereafter -" From his coat-pocket project a cocked pistol and a paper: 'Forced Loan in reserve'. He points to a document on the ground beside him: 'Humble Petition, for Voluntary - Contribution Subscriptions & new Taxes, to save the Distres'd from taking worse Courses.' John Bull has dropped his righteins and holds his hat, full of guineas; he looks with melancholy distrust at Pitt, but drops guineas into his hat. His horse, disfigured with sores, is evidently the white horse of Hanover, its head-band is red and blue, the Windsor uniform (cf. BMSat 8691, &c). From the bushes behind Pitt emerge the heads and shoulders of (right to left) Dundas, Grenville, and Burke, each with a pistol levelled at John Bull. Dundas wears Highland dress, Grenville peer's robes and a grenadier's cap with the letters 'Wm R' (cf. BMSats 7479, 7494, &c.): he looks down reflectively at Pitt instead of at his victim, implying that he is his cousin's henchman; Burke has a pen in his hat. On the left is a signpost pointing (right) 'From Constitution Hill' (cf. BMSat 8287) and (left) 'To Slavery Slough by Beggary Corner.'"--British Museum online catalogue.
John Bull escaping a forced loan
John Bull (Symbolic character)--Caricatures and cartoons.
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley--Ownership. Burke, Edmund,--1729-1797--Caricatures and cartoons. Grenville, William Wyndham Grenville,--Baron,--1759-1834--Caricatures and cartoons. Harvey, Francis--Ownership. Humphrey, Hannah, active 1774-1817, publisher. Melville, Henry Dundas,--Viscount,--1742-1811--Caricatures and cartoons. Pitt, William,--1759-1806--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. 7, no. 8842 Wright, T. Works of James Gillray, the caricaturist with the history of his life and times, p. 206
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