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Radical Quacks Giving a New Constitution to John Bull!

George Cruikshank, British, 1792 - 1878

Geography:
Made in England, Europe

Date:
1822

Medium:
Hand-colored etching

Dimensions:
Plate: 9 1/2 x 14 3/16 inches (24.1 x 36 cm) Sheet: 11 15/16 x 16 13/16 inches (30.3 x 42.7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1988-102-64

Credit Line:
The William H. Helfand Collection, 1988

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Cruikshank's print is representative of a recurrent theme in British political caricature: the nation (as personified by John Bull) portrayed as a sick patient being treated by physicians, getting worse as a result. Two radical members of parliament, Sir Francis Burdett and John Cam Hobhouse, are proposing various measures for parliamentary reform; their numerous drastic remedies including bleeding (a metaphor for excessive taxation), amputation, opiates, and various poisons.

Additional information:
  • PublicationPicture of Health: Images of Medicine and Pharmacy from the William H. Helfand Collection

    Cruikshank's print is representative of a common theme in political caricature: a nation, in this case England personified by John Bull, being treated by physicians (see Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1988-102-94, 1988-102-96, 1988-102-65, 1988-102-120). While the doctors offer medicines, surgery, and other medical procedures, their proposed solutions never seem to work. John Bull's doctors in this satire on proposed parliamentary reform are two radical members of Parliament from Westminster, Sir Francis Burdett and John Cam Hobhouse, Baron Broughton de Gyfford; their numerous remedies include bleeding, amputation, opiates, and a variety of eponymous potions. William H. Helfand, from The Picture of Health: Images of Medicine and Pharmacy from the William H. Helfand Collection (1991), p. 69.