John Bull has a nightmare about income tax represented by Sir Robert Peel sitting on his chest surrounded by donkeys (asses). Coloured lithograph by H.B. (John Doyle), 1842.

  • Doyle, John, 1797-1868.
23 April 1842
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The imposition of income tax was qualified by a new tariff, reducing the duties on articles imported: the official list of items began with Asses. The scene is a parody of the painting "The nightmare" by Henry Fuseli


[London] (26 Haymarket) : T. McLean, 23 April 1842 ([London] : A. Ducôte's General Lith[ographi]c Estab[lishmen]t)

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1 print : lithograph, with watercolour ; image 25.8 x 33.4 cm + album.


Extraordinary case of night-mare! HB The moneybag held by Peel is inscribed "income tax plenty of money, foreign asses & c"

References note

An illustrated key to the political sketches of H.B., from no. 601, to no. 800, London 1844, p.131


Wellcome Collection 37122i


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