"We come to recover your long lost liberties" scene, the House of Commons / [graphic]
Lewis Walpole Library > "We come to recover your long lost liberties" scene, the House of Commons / [graphic]
- "We come to recover your long lost liberties" scene, the House of Commons / [graphic]
- Gillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker
Dalrymple, John, Sir, 1726-1810, artist.
Gillray, James, 1756-1815, publisher.
- Published / Created
- [1 March 1798]
- Publication Place
- Pubd. March 1st, 1798, by Js. Gillray, 27 St. James's Street
"Under the title, and from a separate plate, is etched in three columns: 'Description. - One French Soldier putting Hand-cuffs, and another Fetters on the Speaker, whose Mouth is gagged with a Drumstick. The rest of the Members [left], two & two, tied together by the Arms with cords, (Mr Pitt & Mr Dundas by the Leg with an Iron Chain, which has three Padlocks, but the Key-holes spiked up). They are all, dressed in the Uniform of the Convicts of Botany-Bay, to wit, Coats of two Colours, long Breeches [i.e. trousers], no Stockings, & their Heads close shaved; French Guards opposite to the Members, with their Hats on; one of whom carries an Axe, & a Blazon of a Death's Head on his Breast. Two Clerks near him with their Pens in their Ears, hanging their Heads [tied back to back]. Republicans in the Galleries waving their Hats, in which are triple-colour'd Cockades, & clapping their Hands. An English Blacksmith [right], in his Waistcoat & Cap of Liberty, breaking ye Mace in pieces with a fore Hammer, the Statutes tumbled on the Floor, the Cap of Liberty [inscribed 'Egalité'] raised high behind the Speaker's Chair, below which is painted in Capital Letters, " This House adjourned to Botany Bay - sine die." The Chaffers and burning Charcoal continuing to stand in their present places in the House, but filled with red-hot Irons, to sear One Cheek of the Members before they set off; & the Other, if they shall be found Guilty, by the Verdict of a French Jury, of returning to their own Country without Leave of the French Directory in Writing. An English Cobler in the Cap of Liberty, blowing with a Bellows one of the Chaffers the Fuel, the Journals of the House.' [Dalrymple, op. cit. inf., pp. 1-2.] The Speaker holds in his mouth a drum-stick, at each end of which is a bow of parti-coloured ribbon, adding a touch of burlesque. The table lies on its side on the ground and on the heavy cloth lie papers, ink-stand, books: 'Journals of the House' (torn), 'Declaration of Rights', 'Hanover Succession', 'Claim of Rights', 'Magna Charta'. The chained members are on the Ministerial side of the House only, the Opposition side is filled with fierce-looking French soldiers, cavalry (wearing plumed helmets) with drawn sabres, infantry (wearing cocked hats) with fixed bayonets. All have daggers in their belts, except their officer, apparently Bonaparte, who has two pistols in his sash, his hand resting on the hilt of his sword. Pitt and Dundas, chained back to back, stand slightly apart from the other members, guarded by a ruffian with axe and 'blazon' of skull and cross-bones. Three members are chained together by the front bench (left to right): Wilberforce, [?] Lord Mulgrave, Windham. The cobbler and the blacksmith are Fox and Sheridan, much caricatured and scarcely recognizable. [See Dalrymple's prospectus: 'Consequences of the French Invasion', p. vi. He charged Gillray 'not to introduce a single Caricature, or indulge a single sally that could give pain to a British Subject. I had little Occasion to repeat the Advice, for he is a Man of Genius; and, like all such Men, is fair and human'. Dalrymple wrote to Gillray: 'I beg you will not impute what I am going to mention to any Breach of my promise not to interfere in any of the prints. But I confess I wish that the Gag was out of the Speaker's Mouth. It may hurt his feelings as a Gentleman . . .' (n.d.). B.M. Add. 27337, fo. 20. The gag was Dalrymple's idea.]."--British Museum online catalogue
Title etched below image.
Publisher's name and publication date in imprint are scored through with lightly etched lines.
"Price, 6 d. Colourd. 1 sh. 3 d."
Smaller plate consists entirely of etched text and is printed below title of plate with image.
Three columns of text on lower plate begins: Description. One French soldier putting hand-cuffs, and another fetters on the Speaker, whose mouth is gagged ...
Temporary local subject terms: Literature: Allusion to Consequences of the French invasion, by Sir John Dalrymple -- Uniforms: Convicts of Botany Bay -- Musical instruments: Drumstick as a gag -- Interior of House of Commons -- Threat of French invasion -- Propaganda -- Declaration of rights -- Hanover succession -- Journals of the House -- Blazons: Death's head -- Branding irons -- Allusion to Botany Bay -- Clerks -- Cap of Liberty -- Blacksmiths -- Bellows -- Chafers -- Maces -- Magna Charta -- Fore hammers -- Statutes -- Cobblers -- French Republicans -- Speaker of the House -- Military: French soldiers.
With: Gillray, J. "We come to recover your long lost liberties": scene, the House of Commons. London: Pubd. March 1st, 1798, by Js. Gillray, 27 St. James's Street, [1 March 1798].
- 2 prints on 1 sheet : plate mark 26.3 x 37 cm and plate mark 5.7 x 37 cm, on sheet 36 x 39 cm.
- Extent of Digitization
- This object has been no.
- [State with publisher's name and date in imprint scored through].
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Subjects, Formats, And Genres
Caricatures and cartoons
Satires (Visual works) England 1798
Etchings England London 1798
- etching with engraving ; and wove paper hand-colored.
- Resource Type
- still image
- Subject (Name)
Pitt, William, 1759-1806
Dundas, Henry, 1742-1811
Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821
Wilberforce, William, 1759-1833
Mulgrave, Henry Phipps, Earl of, 1755-1831
Windham, William, 1750-1810
Fox, Charles James, 1749-1806
Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816
Pitt, William, 1759-1806 > Caricatures and cartoons
Dundas, Henry, 1742-1811 > Caricatures and cartoons
Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821 > Caricatures and cartoons
Wilberforce, William, 1759-1833 > Caricatures and cartoons
Mulgrave, Henry Phipps, Earl of, 1755-1831 > Caricatures and cartoons
Windham, William, 1750-1810 > Caricatures and cartoons
Fox, Charles James, 1749-1806 > Caricatures and cartoons
Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816 > Caricatures and cartoons
England > 1798
England > London > 1798
Riviere & Son > Binding
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley > Ownership
Harvey, Francis > Ownership
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