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Henry Addington as a medical practitioner bleeding the exhausted John Bull, assisted by other politicians; representing Britain's strength being sapped by nepotism in politics and by war with Napoleon. Coloured etching by J. Gillray, 1803.

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2 May 1803

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Henry Addington was prime minister. John Bull is supported on a commode by Lord Hawkesbury (foreign secretary; subsequently Lord Liverpool); Fox and Sheridan offer warm water; while Addington's son ("young Clysterpipe") and Napoleon catch the blood in their hats. The young Addington collects "3,000 pr. annum" in his "Clerk [of the] Pells" hat and Napoleon collects: "West Indies, Cape of Good Hope, Malta, Ceylon" in his hat. John Bull is seated on: "Reservoir for the clyster-pipe family", beside him lies a torn sheet: "Rule Britannia - an old song". The politicians call for "courage" on the part of John Bull

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Gillray, James

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[London] (27 St. James's Street) : H. Humphrey, 2 May 1803.

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1 print : etching, with watercolour ; platemark 26.6 x 35.8 cm

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Doctor Sangrado curing John Bull of repletion ... Js. Gillray invt. & fect.

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  • English


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Henry Addington as a medical practitioner bleeding the exhausted John Bull, assisted by other politicians; representing Britain's strength being sapped by nepotism in politics and by war with Napoleon. Coloured etching by J. Gillray, 1803. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY


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