William Cobbett is joined by six drunkards who applaud his toast of "damnation to the House of Brunswick"; representing British parliamentary reform. Etching by J. Gillray, ca. 1809.

  • Gillray, James, 1756-1815.
29 September 1809
Part of:
The life of William Cobbett, - written by himself
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Cobbett is shown proposing a toast of "damnation to the House of Brunswick", the others reply, "huzza". On the floor Wardle vomits on a sheet of "charges against the Duke of York"

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On the wall is a portrait of Napoleon I, also busts of Despard with a noose around his neck and Robespierre with two daggers


London (27 St. James's Street) : H. Humphrey, 29 September 1809.

Physical description

1 print : etching ; platemark 28.5 x 21.9.


The life of William Cobbett, written by himself. Js. Gillray inv & fec ... Lettering continues below the design, on a separate plate, with text describing Cobbett's withdrawl to America in 1792 and his subsequent return to England where he joined the cause for reform Bears number in top right: 364

References note

Published description in: British Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires, vol. VIII, London, 1947, no. 11378


Wellcome Collection 26481i



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