A frightened and dishevelled woman supported by two robed men, while a harlequin prepares to defend her against an approaching army ; representing Britannia and British politicians' responses to increased military activity by France. Coloured etching by J. Gillray after J. Sneyd, 1803.

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Baron Hawkesbury (subsequently first Earl of Liverpool) and Addington (subsequently Viscount Sidmouth) support the fainting Britannia: Addington, as an apothecary, holds smelling salts ("Gunpowder") to her nose. Sheridan, as a quack doctor's assistant ("Sherry Andrew", play on "Merry Andrew"), holds a shield in the form of the head of the Medusa against Napoleon and a French invasion force crossing the English Channel

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1 print : etching, with watercolour ; platemark 26.1 x 36.3 cm

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Physical aid, - or - Britannia recover'd from a trance; - also, the patriotic courage of Sherry Andrew, & a peep thro' the fog.

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  • [London] (27 St. James's Street)

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  • H. Humphrey

Dates

  • 14 March 1803

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A frightened and dishevelled woman supported by two robed men, while a harlequin prepares to defend her against an approaching army ; representing Britannia and British politicians' responses to increased military activity by France. Coloured etching by J. Gillray after J. Sneyd, 1803.. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY

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