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William Pitt the younger stands in the House of Commons facing the opposition benches, who are in corked and labelled bottles, as he uncorks a bottle containing the bloated and scowling face of Sheridan. Etching by J. Gillray.

  • Gillray, James, 1756-1815.
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On Sheridan's rambling speech for the repeal of Pitt's additional forces bill on 6 March 1805. Pitt neatly disposed of many of Sheridan's allegations and inconsistencies. Among the opposition in bottles are: Tierney ('a glass of all sorts'), Fox ('True French wine'), Windham ('Brandy and water'), Grey ('Goosberry Wine'). On the bench behind sits Burdett ('Brentford Ale) and Erskine ('Spruce beer'). On the ground behind Pitt lies an open bottle of 'medicinal wine' spilling its contents and containing the head of Sidmouth with closed eyes


[London] : [Thomas McLean], [1830].

Physical description

1 print : etching ; image 18.5 x 15 cm


Uncorking old sherry

References note

British Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires, vol. viii, London 1947, no. 10375

Lettering note

Lettering below: '-the honble gent tho' he does not very often address the house ... see Mr Pitt's speech on ye Gent Defence bill March 5th 1805'; the words 'bouncings, growlings ... fibs, fibs, fibs! egotism.' are emitted in the explosion of the cork from the bottle


Wellcome Library no. 585508i



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