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John Bull and his favourite Statue of Bronze!! O Wonderful Man! - how I revere thy sublime resemblance, what obligations I am under to thee! what happy times thou hast brought about! Bread for nothing! Beef 3d per pound! Porter 3d per pot! a Goose 2 shillings! and a fat Turkey 3s.6d!! - with every else cheap in proportion! - besides the wonderful decrease of Taxes!! - O Dear - O Dear I hardly know how to express myself, I feel so enraptured. - O that fine brass countenance how it shines with conscious Integrity!


Pub. by McCleary 21 Nassau Street [Dublin].

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In Collection: Collection of caricatures, mainly set in Dublin
Description: After a print published on 10 May 1802 by William Holland, Oxford Street, London. See BM Satires 9863. This print lettered with title 'John Bull and his favourite Statue of Bronze!!' and publication line "Pub. by McCleary 21 Nassau Street". Cropped within plate mark. John Bull, holding his hat in both hands is depicted in profile to the right, kneeling before a statue of William Pitt on a rectangular pedestal inscribed: 'Erected by Voluntary Subscription!' Pitt stands chapeau-bras [his hat tucked under his arm], his head in profile to the left, his hands in his pockets with a distressed countenance. In the background are trees. This print refers to the fact that a subscription was opened at Lloyd's on 8 May 1802, for a statue to William Pitt the Younger (the chairman J. J. Angerstein). It was resolved at a meeting on 18 May that the statue should be posthumous and the subscriptions be vested in trustees; lists were also opened at barbers' shops. By 24 December 1802 the subscription amounted to £5,410. It was a subject of much lampooning [particularly in the 'Morning Chronicle'] and in parliament Lord Belgrave announced his intention of moving a vote of thanks to the late Administration. A bronze statue of William Pitt the Younger was made in 1831 by Sir Francis Legatt Chantrey, (1781-1841), of which there are three copies, one of which is in Hanover Square, London [which survived an attempt by Reform Bill agitators to pull it down on the day it was unveiled]. With an untitled etching on verso of sheet with the publication line 'Pub. by McCleary, 21 Nassau Steet' of a tall, portly woman carrying three girls, (clearly in distress) on her back, while another woman in the left background exclaims (in a speech bubble) "Murder Murder Stop stop oh my girls!". On the ground is an open basket or carrier containing vegtables and flowers.
Created: [Dublin] : McCleary, 21 Nassau St., [n.d., ca. 1802-1803?].
Language: English
Extent: 1 print [pasted on verso of another]: hand coloured etching, image 31 x 24.6 cm., on sheet 33.7 x 28.1 cm., cropped within plate mark.
Call Number: PD 2121 TX 1 (44) (Collection unavailable)
Rights: Reproduction rights owned by the National Library of Ireland.