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.
- Gillray, James, 1756-1815.
- 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
[London] (27 St. James's Street) : H. Humphrey, 2 May 1803.
1 print : etching, with watercolour ; platemark 26.6 x 35.8 cm
Doctor Sangrado curing John Bull of repletion ... Js. Gillray invt. & fect.
- John Bull (Symbolic character)
- Sangrado, Dr (Fictitious character)
- Physician and patient.
- Political ethics.
- Great Britain.
- Fox, Charles James, 1749-1806.
- Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816.
- Jenkinson, Charles, 1727-1808.
- Sidmouth, Henry Addington, Viscount, 1786-
- Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821.
- Sidmouth, Henry Addington, Viscount, 1757-1844.
- Le Sage, Alain René, 1668-1747. Histoire de Gil Blas de Santillane.
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