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Peel about to force-feed a large tablet to John Bull in an apothecaries shop; representing England at the hands of the politicians. Lithograph by H. Heath.

  • Heath, Henry, active 1824-1850.
Date
1840
Reference
12249i
Part of
Political Sketches
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Description

The apothecary says: "I'm not surprised at poor John's reluctance to swallow the pill, as one half the size, of the same strength, would be sufficient to reduce a constitution, twenty times as strong". Peel who is holding a large pill entitled: "Sliding scale" says: "I percieve your stomach is a little out of order, Mr. Bull; the fact is you eat too much bread. Now this pill I can strongly recommend in all cases of repletion, indigestion, ruination &c &c", John Bull replies: "What take that bolus, Sir Robert? If I do I'm a Dutchman." A man restraining Bull retorts: "Divide it into two, Bob! We must make him take it some way or other."

Publication/Creation

[London] (380 Strand) : W. Soffe ([London] : W. Kohler)

Physical description

1 print : lithograph ; border 28.2 x 34.2 cm.

Lettering

Sir Robert's pill for John Bull! HH.

Creator/production credits

The artist's insignia appears bottom right: a little figure walking with a top hat

References note

Too late for the British Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires, London 1870-1954

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 12249i

Languages

  • English


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