John Bulls turnpike gate [graphic].
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- John Bulls turnpike gate [graphic].
- Rowlandson, Thomas, 1756-1827, printmaker, publisher.
- Copyright Date
- [15 May 1805]
"The Pope (left), on a small ass decked with trappings, faces John Bull, who stands as toll-keeper before a closed five-barred gate. From the other side of the gate a path leads to a country church on a hill, irradiated, and framed by the semicircular inscription: 'King - Church and Constitution'. The Pope, except that he wears a Papal crown instead of a mitre, resembles St. Patrick in caricature (where he often rides an ass). He is aquiline and bearded, holds a crosier, and wears a cope. His ass has blinkers, on which a satyr's mask is freely drawn. He leans towards John, saying, "Mr Bull, I have been to Paris - and seen all the fine sights there - I now want to have a peep at that little Church on the Hill - therefore let me pass the turnpike." John (right), a fat yokel, looks up at the Pope with a suspicious scowl, pointing over his shoulder at a large open book, 'Test Oath', which is on a book-rest attached to the gate-post. He says: "If you want to go through - pay the Toll, what the devil do you think I keep a turnpike gate for?" Behind the Pope stand four dissenting ministers anxiously watching the interview. Three say sanctimoniously : "Though I boast not gaudy trappings, - nor am I mounted on Ass back, - yet if he goeth through verily I should like to go through also!"; "Verily so should I."; "We should all like to go through".."--British Museum online catalogue.
Attributed to Rowlandson by Grego.
Title etched below image.
- 1 print : etching on wove paper, hand-colored ; sheet 27 x 33 cm
- Extent of Digitization
- Completely digitized
- Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
- Call Number
- Auchincloss Rowlandson v. 8
Subjects, Formats, And Genres
- still image
Satires (Visual works)--England--1805.
- Subject (Name)
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley--Ownership.
George--III,--King of Great Britain,--1738-1820.
Pius--VII,--Pope,--1742-1823--Caricatures and cartoons.
- Subject (Topic)
John Bull (Symbolic character)--Caricatures and cartoons.
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Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 8, no. 10403
Grego, J. Rowlandson the caricaturist, v. 2, pages 50-51
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