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Satire on War Loans to Austria
Satire on War Loans to AustriaJames Gillray.
Blindmans-Buff_ or _ Too Many for John Bull.
London, H.G.Bohn, 1851. Etching, 250 x 350mm. Coloured. Trimmed from a larger sheet, narrow top margin. In 1795 the British Government loaned money to Austria to help pay for the French Revolutionary War. Here John Bull is shown being abused by both friend and foe. The Austrian emperor picks his pocket; a Prussian Death's Head Hussar waves another bag of cash; a Dutchman blows pipe-smoke in Bull's face while a sans-coulotte kicks his backside. The final indignity is the British Prime Minister, Pitt the Younger, shouting encouragement to the tormentors while rifling the pockets of Bull's jacket.



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