The grounds

Satire on Robert Walpole, showing the grounds for the Motion to remove him from office.

  • TitleThe grounds [graphic].
  • Publication[London] : [publisher not identified], publish’d according to act of Parliament, March 7, 1741.

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Acquired March 2017

The present state of John Bull

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John Bull stands defiantly in the center of a crowd of angry men — military officers, gentlemen of various ages, tradesmen, and an amputee — most of whom hold out bills ranging between £50 and £5000; the speech bubbles above their heads read: “King’s taxes”; “Police rate”; “Parish rates”; “Excise duties”; “Tithes church rates pew rents & Easter doos [sic]”; “Sundres &c.” John Bull’s response reads, “Damme ye had better devour me., ye voratious crew. Am I never to have my hands out of my pocket again, but ‘t wont last long lads. I shall soon be in the Gazette & then ye lazy drones ye must work hard for you own livings.” The man with a large belly on the lower right carries a little dog under his arm.

  • Creator: Grant, C. J. (Charles Jameson), active 1830-1852, artist.
  • Title: The present state of John Bull [drawing].
  • Created: [England, between 1830 and 1852?]

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Drawings G761 no. 7 Box123

Acquired November 2013

Plumpers for Sr. Judas

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A satire against Wray for his proposals to abolish Chelsea Hospital and tax maid-servants, and for his desertion of Fox, for which he was called Judas. In the center of the image Sir Cecil Wray is cudgelled by two Chelsea pensioners as another approaches on crutches from the right. A maid servant on the left is preparing to strike him with her mop as she shouts “I’ll souse him, a dog, tax maid servants, ha!” A fourth pensioner cheers the others on from the background where he sits waving his hat and crutch, his wooden leg having been broken off to use on Wray. All of the pensioners have lost limbs or eyes.

  • Printmaker: Cruikshank, Isaac, 1756?-1811?
  • Title: Plumpers for Sr. Judas, or, the Chealsea pensioners revenge / I.C.
  • Published: [London? : s.n.], pub. 5th April, 1784.

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Acquired October 2011.