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Charles Williams

Like Isaac Cruikshank, Williams was just below the great names, however this should not detract from realising the breadth and quality of his work. Much of his work was done for Fores, who was one of the leading publishers of satires in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. His early pseudonyms include “Ansell” and “Argus”. The dates above are when he is known to have been working.

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C. Williams. The ghost of crim-con OR A check to Speculation.
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Published M 8th, 1808 by S. W. Fores No, 50 Piccadilly.
13¾ x 10. Uncoloured and on laid paper with small margins. On paper with a watermark of 1803.
The naked Ghost/Devil is explaining that the damages that are being given in Crim Con cases are now quite low, and though, “formerly indeed I was worth the pursuit, but lately I have dwindled to a mere shadow….”
The result is that the husband is now unlikely to get damages of £50,000, which is the amount on the paper protruding from his pocket.
B. M. 11119.

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Charles Williams THE BANTUM COCK AND STRAW-ADJUTANT.
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Published April 20th 1804 by S. W. Fores 50 Piccadilly.
14 x 10. Original colour with reasonable margins and a water mark of 1802.
A cavalry officer lies on the floor protecting himself. One of the amused onlookers says, “Why if you are so frightened of that little Bantum, how would you be able to meet Bonaparte in single combat, eh?”
This is probably about an incident with an adjutant called Straw and someone called Bantum.
B. M. 10313.

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Charles Williams. BILLY PIERROT AND HIS PUPPET.
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Published August 4th 1804 by S. W. Fores No 50 Piccadilly.
10 x 13¾. Original colour on laid paper with very small margins. A small tear lower right not reaching the image and slight marks.
Pitt controls the Mainwaring puppet saying, “…a chip off the old block. One of my own Manufactury. Here you go up up up. And then you go down down down”.
B. M. 10263.
£175.

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Charles Williams. THE DOCTOR ADMINISTERING HIS GOLDEN PILL.
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Published March 29th 1802 by S. W. Fores 50 Piccadilly.
8¾ x 13. Original colour on laid paper with good margins and a water mark of 1799.
Addington dressed as an old fashioned doctor holds out the golden pill of Income Tax, and says, “….you can certainly swallow it now; I have gilt it all over to make it palatable to the City.”
B. M. 9849.
£235.

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Caricature. DISMAL DANDIES – or – General Mourning & Crape.
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Published by Thos. Tegg 111 Cheapside London. Numbered 326 to right.
13¾ x 9¾. Original colour, with some staining of the margins. Good margins to the top and the base small margins to the sides. On paper with a watermarked date of 1819.
A finely dressed soldier removes his hat and addresses his friend saying. “Adieu Col! Crape! I’m for Court that’s the place, For exhibiting trappings, and making a Face!!”The friend replies. “And I to Parade! that with my humour chimes For Parade and Paradeing’s the Ton of the Times.” 
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C. Williams. Dramatic Action Illustrated, or Hamlet’s advice to Players…..
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Thos. Tegg III Cheapside. Price 1/- color’d. (The B. M. has a suggested date of 1811).
13¾ x 9½. Original colour with good margins.
The title carries on “suit the Action to the Word, and the Word to Action. Dedicated to the celebrated Amateur of Fashion.”
B. M. 11770.

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C. Williams. SYMPTOMS OF MARCHING - QUICK TIME.
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Published October 24th 1803 by S. W. Fores 50 Piccadilly.
13¾ x 9¾. Original colour with small margins. Two small tears on the left, one just entering the image and slight damage on the main notice on the wall.
On of the many invasion prints. Here two short men in regimentals hasten with furtive looks past an inn on which the main poster says, “Twenty guineas reward. Whereas To Cowardly Platoon in Red Jackets hearing of the enemy landing have deserted….”
B. M. 10116.

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Williams. VAGARIES OF NATURE AND ART - or - Curiosities of the Parade.
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Published 1819 by Tegg. 

13 ¾ x 9 ½. Original colour with reasonable margins. A satire on the Prince of Wales exotic taste in uniforms. 
B.M. 13058.

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Williams. BRITISH GRACES. Attireing the Circassian Venus in the English Costume.
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Published 1819 by Tegg. 
13 ¾ x 9 ¾. Original colour with reasonable margins.
In April the Persian Ambassador and his wife, who was known as ‘the Circassion Beauty’ arrived in London, with two attendants supposed to be eunuchs. Here she is being dressed in tight laced English clothes.
B.M. 13393.

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Williams. THE DEVONSHIRE MINUET.
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Published May 29th 1813 by Wm. Holland No. 11 Cockspur Street. This image is printed on paper with a watermark of 1815.
13 x 9¾. Original colour with reasonable margins.
George III and the future Prince Regent were known to have had rows about Princess Charlotte flirting with the Duke of Devonshire. This image shows Princess Charlotte and the Duke of Devonshire, not caricatured, dancing the minuet together, they are both portrayed as a very handsome pair. There are two groups of interested spectators; the ladies are seated whilst the gentlemen stand.
B.M. 12052.

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C. Williams (?) after Woodward. MISERIES OF HUMAN LIFE.
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No publication line, but a Tegg issue with the number 301.
13½ x 9¾. Original colour with very small margins on three sides and at the top the plate mark is just showing. A watermark of 1819 and two small nicks at the top, but both above the top of the title. 
Set in Smithfield market as the text below explains, problems, in the shape of two bulls can be experienced by the unwary.
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C. Williams. NAP nearly NAB’D or a Retreating Jump Just in Time.
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After the title is added “Never dick trusty squire with knight Or knight with squire, e’er jump more right, vide Bonny Russian Campaign. Plate 7.
Published by Thos. Tegg No, 111 Cheapside, June 1813. With a Tegg No. 203. 
13¾ x 9¾. Original colour, with small repaired tears into the margins.
Napoleon leaps in terror from a window. Another French officer steps onto the sill about to follow, saying “Vite courez Mon Empereur Ce Diable de Cossack dey spoil our dinner!!” In the background, Cossacks gallop across a snowy landscape towards the house.
This image also turns up on pottery of the time – see David Drakard ‘Printed English Pottery.’
B. M. 12058.

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Williams. Making - Decent; - i.e. – Broad – bottomites getting into the Grand Costume.
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Published February 1806, by S. W. Fores No 50 Piccadilly.
9¾ x 13¾. Original colour with small margins.
This is one of the many engravings Williams produced for Fores copying Gillray’s designs.
Members of the new Ministry are preparing themselves for office. Both Fox and Grey are looking into a pier-glass which is surmounted by the Royal Arms and Prince’s feathers. This is indicating Carlton House and the Prince’s ‘ostentatious patronage’ of the new Ministry. Grey is seen brushing his teeth, behind him stands Sidmouth. Vansittart is puffing powder from a bag onto Sidmouth. In the foreground, Lord Henry Petty is strutting with pointed toe. Windham, behind him sits in a tub. Lord Grenville is seen hitching-up his breeches. Moria is standing stiffly with his back against the wall. The Duke of Bedford sits on a stool pulling on a top boot, resting his leg on Tierney. Behind Bedford, Sheridan struggles with a shirt. Lord Spencer is washing his hands in a basin on the table. Erskine is adjusting his hat. They are all self-absorbed in their pursuit of finery. ‘Grand Costume’ suggests the official dress of the French Directory, a favourite subject of Gillray.
B.M. 10531.

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Williams. DRAMATIC EFFECT or the Death of Gen Duroc.
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Published by Wm. Holland No. 11 Cockspur Street London. June 9th 1813.
12¾ x 9¾. Original colour, trimmed onto/within the plate mark at the base, small margins to the top and sides.
Napoleon stands holding the hand of the dying Duroc; with his other hand, he covers his face. Duroc is saying to him, “My whole life has been consecrated to your service nor do I regret its loss but for the use it still might have been of to you!” Napoleon replies, “Duroc! there is a life to come; its there you are going to wait for me and where we shall one day meet again!” Duroc replies, “Yes Sire! but that will not be these thirty years, when you will have triumphed over your enemies and realised all the hopes of your country. I have lived an honest man; I have nothing to reproach myself with ah! Sire go away this sight gives you pain” – Napoleon, “Farewell then my friend.”
Duroc was mortally wounded at Bautzen on the 21st May and died on the 23rd May.
B. M. 12061.

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Williams. DOS A DOS or RUMPTI IDDITO IDO. – NATURAL ACCIDENTS IN PRACTISING QUADRILLE DANCING.
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Published by S. W. Fores No. 50 Piccadilly London. May 1817.
14 x 10. Original colour, on laid paper with reasonable margins.
A satire of dancing. Two couples collide violently registering surprise and indignation, whilst others look on in amusement.
B. M. 12933.

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Williams. THE TRANSITING OF VENUS OVER THE SUN’S DISK.
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Published April 1809 by Walker Cornhill.
9¾ x 14. Original colour on laid paper. Very small margins and a repaired tear to the left star point. Some crinkling and slight damage on the corners as this item has been in an album. A watermark of 1817.
The main face is that of the Duke of York and the small head inside the five-pointed star is the head of Mrs. Clarke.
From the collection of Lord Kenneth Baker.
B. M. 11303.

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Williams. GENIAL RAYS, OR JOHN BULL ENJOYING THE SUNSHINE.
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Published June 1810 by Thos Tegg 111 Cheapside. 
13¾ x 9½. Original colour with reasonable margins. Some marks on the lower left but outside the engraved area. 
A happy reclining John Bull looks up at the head of Burdett is in the centre of the sun. The rays of which are inscribed, ‘Magna Charta, Loyalty, Reform, Laws of the Land’ etc. 
B. M. 11563.

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Williams. John Bull on a Bed of Roses.
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Published July 1806 by William Holland Cockspur Street.
14 x 9¾. Trimmed onto/within the plate mark and with original colour, very minor staining.
John Bull is portrayed as a plebeian, stout and dishevelled lies on his back on a tangle of large roses with vicious thorns. He is exclaiming, “Oh Lord! Oh Lord! if this be the Bed of Roses they make such a noise about I’d sooner lye with the Old Sow and her Farrow in the Dog Days! – My Dame will roar woundidly when she comes to bed! Ecod it’s as bad as lying on a Harrow upside down!”
This is satire on the long awaited plan of Windhams for the reorganisation of the army. It was based on short service, increased pensions, the abandonment of grants to volunteers, and military training for those liable to service in the militia. 
B. M. 10583.

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Williams. THE WRYMOUTH CANDIDATES or the Strangers at Home.
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No publication line on this print or on the B. M. example. (? June 1814).
14¾ x 10¾. Original colour, trimmed onto/within the plate mark at the top and bottom with reasonable margins at the sides. A small tear at the bottom, just into the image. An incorrect ink date of 1808 bottom right and slight abrasions to the paper. 
This is about the election of 1812, and the consequences, which resulted in 1813, three of the four members returned being excluded, as there was proof of bribery and treating. On June 15th 1814 three other members were returned and they are shown here.
B. M. 12284.

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Williams. First Going Alone.
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Williams. First Going Alone.
Published by Thos. Tegg. Cheapside. (1810).
9 x 13½. Original colour and trimmed to the engraved border with slight loss top left.
“Sweet little Baby, how it toddles along – Oh Bless those pretty legs of thine. I’m sure thee will become LORD MAYOR, and mayhap a MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT.”
B. M. 11616.

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C. Williams. PERUSING THE STATE PAPERS. or Sounding the Opinions of John Bull.
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(Before the addition of the publication line. The B. M. example is published March 1808 by Walker, No.7 Cornhill). This example has ‘March 1808’ added in ink.
14¼ x 10¼. Original colour and small margins. Slight crinkling of the paper top right corner.
Napoleon on the left with John Bull. A British General wearing a star and the Duke of Portland. 
The B. M. suggests that the subject of the print may be the measures and counter-measures of the Continental system.
B. M. 10971.
£160.

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Charles Williams. THE TRIUMPH OF INDEPENDENCE OVER MAJESTERIAL INFLUENCE AND CORRUPTION.
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Published March 8th 1805 by S. W. Fores Piccadilly.
13¾ x 9½. Original colour on Whatman wove paper with reasonable margins.
Burdett stands dismissing Mainwaring. After the 1805 Middlesex election Mainwaring won by five votes. Initially this was contested although Mainwaring kept the seat.
B. M. 10372.

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Williams. A PORTUGAL CATCH FOR THREE VOICES.
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Published October 1808 by S.W. Fores 50 Piccadilly. 
14 x 10. Original colour on laid paper. Small margins with a tear top left corner just into the image and another on the left margin but not into the image. 
Dalrymple sits on the right and is faced by a British officer and a man in Portuguese dress, (perhaps Freire). An inexperienced Dalrymple took over from Wellesley and refused to follow up the victory at Vimiero by the pursuit of Junot.
From the collection of Lord Kenneth Baker.
B. M. 11042.

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Williams. A RIDDLE EXPOUNDED OR THE DIGNITY OF A PARSONS HORSE
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Published by Thos. Tegg. 111 Cheapside. (1807)
13½ x 9½. Original colour with small margins. Slight marks, mainly outside the plate mark. 
The jovial rustic says. “…..why – A Parson’s Horse be like a King.” The answer is,“Why you rogue, because it is guided by a Minister.”
B. M. 10904. 

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Williams. John Bull contemplating a Statue of Portland Stone.
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Published April 1807 by Walker No 7 Cornhill.
14 x 10. Original colour and with large margins.
Portland was deaf gouty and infirm and only a figurehead. Here he sits, statue like, and with a placard hanging around his neck, “Repaired and Whitewashed in the year 1807”. An elderly John Bull says, “I really thought this Statue was gone to decay a long time ago!!....”
B. M. 10718.

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C. WILLIAMS. Skaiting - Dandies, Shewing Off.
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Published by Thos. Tegg, 111 Cheapside. (c. 1818).
13¾ x 9¾. Original colour and small margins.
A typical dandy scene. The dandy skaters are falling over in exaggerated incompetence while in the distance others skate well. They are being watched by a group of ladies on the left.
B. M. 13074.

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Williams. ALL THE TALENTS UPSET OR THE HIGH METTLED HANOVERIAN GROWN RESTIVE.
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Published April 1807 by S. W. Fores 50 Piccadilly. 
14 x 10. Original colour on laid paper. Small margins on three sides and trimmed onto/within the plate mark at the lower edge.
The King, shown as the white horse of Hanover, kicks out at members of the Ministry. While Howick and Grenville, (who clutches a torn, ‘Catholic Bill’), are thrown from the saddle. John Bull stands on the left saying, “Dang it he has kicked um off at last zure enough! Aye, Aye, it was that cursed Catholic Bill tickled his rump and set him a Kicking”.
B. M. 10716.

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Williams. POLIITICAL BALANCE - Unexpected Inspection – or a good old Master takeing a peep into the state of things himself.
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Published by T. Tegg 111 Cheapside. (1816).
13¾ x 9½. Original colour with small margins on three sides and trimmed onto/within the plate mark at the top. Slight marks with a watermark of 1818.
The side of the balance, which is weighed down, has only government bills on it. They relate to the regulations regarding the price of corn. Around one side are the rocks of ‘Abyss of Corruption’. On the other side are provisions, including bread, and underneath is a starving peasant. On the left is the King who says, “----pull away those d—d heavy Corn Laws, and Butter and Cheese Laws; let the prices find the level & come within the reach of my distressed people…”
B. M. 13497.

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Williams. BLESSINGS OF BRITAIN - or – SWARM OF TAX GATHERERS.
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(Published 1817 by Tegg).
13¾ x 9¾. Original colour with small margins. 
A satire on the distress and heavy taxation of 1816, which greatly increased the poor rates, and many saw the only hope in Reform of Parliament. Here John Bull is shown defending his house from a swarm of tax gatherers with a large stake inscribed ‘Prop of Reform’.
B. M. 12863.

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Williams. JUSTICE.
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Published in the ‘Bon Ton magazine’ 1st August 1820.
5½ x 8½. Uncoloured on laid paper with reasonable margins. 
Justice holds up the scales, which show that Caroline outweighs Castlereagh, Canning, Sidmouth and others. 
B. M. 13784.

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C. Williams. A TRIP TO COVENTRY an Old Dance to a New Figure.
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Published June 2nd 1802 by S. W. Fores 50 Piccadilly.
10 x 15¾. Original colour on laid paper with small margins. Slight paper loss, lower right corner has been repaired.
The elderly figure with the two sticks is been identified as Lord Coventry; at his feet lays songs on the theme of old men with girls.
B. M. 9930.

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C. Williams. A NAVAL ENQUIRY WITH A NAUTICAL EXPLNATION.
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Published March 25th 1805 by S. W. Fores 50 Piccadilly. 
13¾ x 9¾. Original colour on wove paper with small margins. 
The five Commissioners of Naval Enquiry are examining Trotter and Lord Melville (Dundas). The chairman asks, “But how did you come by the money.” Trotter gives a convoluted reply, which Melville agrees with. 
Melville was impeached for his shielding of Trotter although he was acquitted.
See the ‘banknotes’ in the General section of the catalogue for one other relating to Trotter and Melville.
B. M. 10377.

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C. Williams. THE CASTING VOTE OR THE INDEPENDENT SPEAKER.
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Published April 24th 1805 by S. W. Fores 50 Piccadilly.
9¾ x 13¾. Original colour on wove paper. Trimmed onto/within the plate mark and let into an album sheet. Slight marks. 
On April 8th Whitbread moved eleven resolutions, which went far beyond the findings of the ‘Tenth Report’. Fox savagely attacked Melville, and Pitt proposed counter measures to help Melville. The vote was tied and the Speaker gave his casting vote against Melville. The following day saw Melville’s resignation.
B. M. 10391.

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C. Williams. TERM BELOW OR THE ROAD TO RETRIBUTION.
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Published 1818. By T. Tegg, 111 Cheapside. (Very faint printing on the publication line).
13¾ x 9½. Original colour with reasonable margins. A watermark of 1822. Some marks but outside the image. 
A traditional theme of judges and barristers on their way to hell. Here they are led by the devil that rides the skeleton of a horse. Among the following riders are Ellenborough, who rides the tiger and Eldon.
The theme is the traditional one of “the lawyers last circuit”.
B. M. 13011.

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C. Williams. FAIR WEATHER - MARCH WINDS - FOULE WEATHER.
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Published April 1809 by Walker No. 7 Cornhill.
13½ x 9½. Original colour and trimmed onto/within the plate mark and a repair bottom right, but outside the image. Crease and thin paper top right corner.
On the left the Duke of York swaggers towards the gate of the Horse Guards and the weather is good. On the right is the bad windy weather and the Dukes clothes have suffered and he wears no sword or spurs.
B. M. 11302.

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Williams. (?). MY ASS IN A BAND BOX.
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Published by R. A. Fores Aldgate (May 1821).

8¾ x 11¾. Original colour; trimmed onto/within the plate mark; some thin areas of paper and slight marks.

The King who is shown as a Roman emperor rides an ass outside the Conyngham’s town house in Hamilton Place. The ass, with Conyngham’s profile wears a mask over his face. A hand appears from the right offering a bucket of water inscribed ‘Virginia Water’ (an allusion to the cottage).
B. M. 14186.
 

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C. Williams. ACCOMODATION - or a Hint to Country Gentlemen how to save their Fences.
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Published October 1827 by McLean Hay Market.
13¾ x 9¾. Original colour with good margins.
The notice reads, ‘Those persons who have been in the habit of stealing my fence for a considerable time past are respectfully informed that if agreeable to them it would be more convenient to me if they would steal my wood; and leave the fence for the present, and as it may be some little inconvenience in getting over the paling, the gate is left open for their accommodation.’ The woman says, “Aye so it will John. How cosey we shall be.”
B. M. 11489.
£170.

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C. Williams. TEARS OF REPENTANCE.
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Published May 2nd 1827 by J. Fairburn Broad Way Ludgate Hill.
13¾ x 9½. Original colour and small margins. A paper repair top left just outside the border.
Wellington on an army stool and Eldon on a law stool weep into the vat of ‘TORY ACHRYMATORY’ The figure on the left says, “Tory to be so laughed at now I feel What great Ass those knaves have made of P**l !”
John Bull says, “Look here ye rogues look; your all down in my book I have taken this rod out of pickle. To teach you, you see - What you all owe to me….”
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C. Williams. THE REGENTS HACK.
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Published March 1812 by Wm. Holland No.11 Cockspur Street.
12¾ x 9. Original colour, trimmed to the image top and sides, and trimmed into the title at the bottom.
The Prince rides a hack with the face of Sheridan, who was the only Whig to remain faithful to George. The stones have faces of the rejected politicians and are being kicked out of the way.
This is the example shown in Kenneth Baker’s book on George IV and is illustrated on page 81.
B. M. 11859.
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C. Williams. THE COMFORTS OF A MODERN GALA.
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Published by T. Tegg. (c.1807). With a Tegg No.251 top right.
13¾ x 9¾. Original colour with good margins. A tear lower left not touching the engraved area of the image. A watermark of 1819.
Cross sections of the population are shown from servants, the cits, and members of the aristocracy. All have trouble within the heaving crowd.
B. M. 11471.

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C. Williams. ENGLISH CURIOSITY OR A SHORT ANSWER FOR JOHN BULL.
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Published May 1809 by Walker No.7 Cornhill.
13½ x 9¾. Original colour with small margins. Marks in the lower part of the image resulting from printer’s creases.
John Bull congratulates Castlereagh and Canning and the latter says, “that was a private business, this is a public one, you shall always hear what ought to be made public, depend upon it Johnny!!”
B. M. 11333.

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C. Williams. THE GAME OF SEE SAW – OR AMUSEMENT FOR JOHN BULL.
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Published March 1809 by Walker No.7 Cornhill.
13½ x 9½. Original colour and thread margins.
Mrs. Clark sings, “Here I go up, and there you go Down Down Downy. The game it is pretty well up, and so you must fall the Grouny!”
B. M. 11284.

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C. Williams. THEY HAVE BEEN WEIGHED IN THE BALANCE AND ARE FOUND WANTING.
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Published March 1809 by Walker No.7 Cornhill.
13½ x 9½. Original colour and thread margins. Slight creasing.
The beam of the balance rests on the mitre worn by the Duke of York. Wardle supports Mrs. Clarke, and is holding down the balance.
This is a satire on the failure of Wardle’s motion to remove the Duke as Commander in Chief and the amendment put by Perceval, (shown on the right), which, acquitted the Duke of corruption.
B. M. 11269.

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C. Williams. THE UNION CLUB MASQUERADE.
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Published June 7th 1802 by S. W. Fores 50 Piccadilly.
15 x 11. Original colour on laid paper. Small margins on three sides and trimmed onto the plate mark at the top. A one eighth of an inch tear at the top just reaching the engraved area.
A burlesque of the masquerade given by the Union Club to honour the Peace. Mrs. Fitzherbert and the Prince of Wales are the central figures; the Prince had gone to the event as Henry VIII. Pitt, winged and poised on one toe, as Fame, holds two trumpets.
B. M. 9871.

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Williams. TOO LONG AND TOO LOOSE!! Or Lord Sham-Peter The Amateur Tailor, Shewing a specimen of his Cossack Pantaloons!!
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Published June 1816 by J. Sidebotham 96 Strand.
9 x 11¾. Original colour with reasonable margins. Tears in margin on the right, one just touching the plate marks. Laid down onto a backing sheet with slight marks, particularly in the margins.
Set in a Tailors room, the dandy and eccentric Lord Petersham admires himself in the mirror. He gave his name to coats, breeches, cloth and ribbons. The new fashionable loose-trousers were called ‘Cossack pantaloons’
B. M. 12831.

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Williams. CARY BRUNSWICK 0’THE GUELPH.
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Published by S.W. Fores 41 Piccadilly (Sept. 1820).
9¾ x 14. Original colour on laid paper with reasonable margins. Crinkling at the top and one tear top right with slight marks.
The top of the door has, ‘Rogues Retreat’ on the lintel and below the group of cringing Italians are being berated by the Highland soldier who says, “Filthy brutes ! its for new boots That a’ you Rogues are swearing at her.” The verses below repeat the “rogues swearing at her” and go on:
‘Be a lassie ne’er so kind
Gin a King but frown on her,
She might live till ninety-nine,
Ere a courtier would smile on her;
Swearing at her getting fatter,
Turning from her, crying “Damn her”!..........

B. M. 13866.

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C. Williams. THE NIGHT MAYOR – OR MAGISTRATICAL VIGILANCE.
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Published November 9th 1816 by Thos. Tegg 111 Cheapside.
13¾ x 9¾. Original colour with small margins and a watermark of 1814.
Mathew Wood had been elected for a second term as Mayor; he was active as a magistrate in campaigning against the City’s underworld. In 1816 had helped to imprison a gang which had been inciting persons to burglary, thereby obtaining rewards for their conviction. Here he is shown entering the thieves’ kitchen followed by the constables.
B. M. 12816.

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Charles Williams. A HINT TO MINISTERS OR A GRACIOUS ANSWER TO GREVIOUS PETITIONS.
A hint to ministers   willi thumb

Published November 6th 1808 by S. W. Fores 50 Piccadilly.
13½ x 9½. Original colour on laid paper and trimmed onto/within the plate mark.A half hidden George III is refusing to take the petitions offered by Aldermen and others. Castlereagh looks on with amusement. The petitions relate to opposition to the Convention of Cintra.
B. M. 11051.

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Charles Williams. AN HEIR AT LAW !!
An heir at law   willaims thumb

Published March 1808 by S. W. Fores No. 50 Piccadilly.
14 x 9¾. Original colour on laid paper with very small margins.
The old invalid has recently married his ex-housekeeper who sits, fashionably dressed, at the table. Her bumbling brother, (in response to the old man regretting that he has no children), says that she had already had two children by a neighbour who if asked would be only too pleased for one of them to inherit.
B. M. 11120.

 

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Charles Williams. A THOUSAND WARM RECEPTIONS IN THE NORTH.
A thousand warm receptions  thumb

Published August 1822 by J. Johnston 93 Cheapside. London.
13¾ x 9½. Original colour on paper with a watermark of 1820. Good margins on three sides and thread margins at the lower edge.
George IV in highland dress at court in Holyrood. He comes down from his throne to kiss one of the ladies. Those waiting to be presented are closely grouped, Sir William Curtis, (in back view), is ready to present the next lady.
A later re-issue of this print has Fores details on.
B. M. 14384.

 

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Charles Williams. BETWEEN TWO STOOLS THE BOTTOM GOES TO GROUND.
Between two stools thumb

Published March 1st 1802 by S. W. Fores 50 Piccadilly.  
13½ x 9¾. Original colour on laid paper with good margins and slight marks.  
Tierney has fallen between the ‘Whig Stool’ and the ‘Tory Stool’ while Fox and Addington look on and laugh. Tierney had been intriguing for office under Addington but was loath to be the only Opposition Whig to join him. He tried to induce the Foxite and Portland Whigs to join the Ministry.  
B. M. 9844.
 

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Charles Williams. THE RECONCILIATION.
The reconciliation thumb

Published November 18th 1804 by S. W. Fores 50 Piccadilly. 
13¾ x 9¾. Original colour on laid paper with small margins. Lower right corner has paper loss and has been crudely replaced. A vertical printer’s crease and some other creasing. 
A close copy of the Gillray of the same title. 
B. M. 10283 A.

 

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Charles Williams. YORK COMMISSION WAREHOUSE.
York commission warehouse thumb

Published February 1809 by Walker No 7 Cornhill.
13 x 9. Original colour and trimmed onto/within the plate mark.  
Mrs Clark holds up a list of prices for commissions, she says, “Now Gentlemen, you had better be quick I have a few bargains to dispose of. As the partnership is dissolving.” 
B. M. 11216.

 

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Williams – NEW READING-OR-SHAKESPEARE IMPROVED. (After title), HUMBLY DEDICATED TO THE KEEN CRITIC OF DRURY LANE, by a poor AUTHOR.
New reading or shakspeare thumb

Published by Thos. Tegg No.111 Cheapside London c.1819. With a Tegg number of 347.

14 x 9¾. Original colour with thread margins.

Keen is depicted as Richard III, with the background scene being Bosworth. He is saying, “Methins there be six Richmonds in the field, five have I killed to day instead of him !!! A Hobby ! A Hobby my Kingdom for A Hobby !!!”

Behind Keen there is a knight, (possibly Catesby), who is offering a velocipede. He says, “Here my Liege ! Here’s a swift Hobby will convey you from the field as fast as your legs will permit”.

In the background there are many remains of broken hobbies and fleeing soldiers on the hobbies.

B. M. 13366.

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Williams – THE PARSONS HOBBY-OR-COMFORT FOR A WELCH CURATE.
The parsons hobby thumb

Published by T. Tegg 111, Cheapside London. c.1819. With a Tegg number of 348.

14 x 9¾. Original colour, with some staining to the lower margin and small tears to the top margin and one to the bottom margin well outside the plate marks.

A tall and lean Parson is saying goodbye to his wife and children. The wife says, “Well my Dear I am quite pleased you have got a Hobby; you will now be able to get through your Duty with ease and comfort !” He looks back at her and answers “Comfort indeed my Dear! It is only ten Miles you know, I shall perform the Service and be back by the time the kettle boils! – I hope they will build some more Churches in Wales for I shall be able to undertake six of them !!!”

B. M. 13413.

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Charles Williams. New Shoes or a Visit from a Saffordshire (sic) Elector.
New shoes thumb

Published November 1806 by Walker, No. 7 Cornhill. 

13¾ x 9¾. Original colour, with small margins on three sides and with thread margin at the top. Old glue marks in the corners as it was stuck into an album.

Sheridan had represented Stafford since 1780, when he decided to represent Westminster he upset many of his former supporters. He attempted to get his son elected to the seat this however was unsuccessful.

B. M. 10607.

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Charles Williams. AMUSEMENT at VIENNA, alias HARMONY at CONGRESS, ie Paying the Pipers.
Amusment at vienna thumb

Published February 1st 1815 by W. N. Jones No.5 Newgate Street.

13¾ x 9¾. Original colour, very small margins as this is from the Scourge so it has the usual folds. There is an old repaired tear under the last speech bubble on the right and repaired folds.

Castlereagh pays the piper but fails to call the tune. John Bull is angry that Britain’s share in the spoils of a costly war should be merely the elevation of Hanover to the status of a Kingdom. The lavish payments are retrospective or assumed. There was a defensive alliance between Austria France and Britain known as Secret Treaty of 3rd January.

B. M. 12499.

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Charles Williams. THE WESTMINSTER CECEEDER on FRESH DUTY.
Westminster ceceeder thumb

Published March 14th 1801 by S. W. Fores 50 Picadiily.

8¾ x 12½. Original colour with small margins, on laid paper.

Fox is stooping to support Horne Tooke as he climbs through the window of St. Stephens. Lord Temple is closing the door and saying, “He shall not pollute this holy Temple.” In a debate on the 10th March on the eligibility of the clergy to sit in the Commons, Temple spoke strongly against Horne Tooke, whilst Fox was in favour.

B. M. 9715.

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Charles Williams. A WARD OF CHANCERY, & a Commission of Lunacy Superceded.
A ward of chancery thumb

Published March 16th 1807 by S. W. Fores No.50 Piccadilly.

9¾ x 13¾. Original colour with small margins on laid paper with a watermark of 1805, with some staining.

Erskine is being pursued by three boys all shouting “MAD DOGS.” On the 3rd February Erskine was walking in Holborn when he saw a group beating a supposedly mad dog. He was an animal lover and rushed in to save the dog from the crowd.

B. M. 10793.

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Charles Williams. The fall of the Temple! - of Rome
The fall of the temple of r thumb

Published April 20th 1807 by S. W. Fores 50 Piccadilly.

13¾ x 9½. Original colour with thread margins top, bottom, and small margins to the sides. On laid paper.

The bulky Temple lays prone, face downwards and bleeding from his nose, he says: "God and Innocency Defend and Guard us!! Buckingham Richd III." Under his leg is the 'Catholick Bill'. his left hand resting on sheets of accounts headed 'Pay Office', with a 'Total £300. 0. 0.'

B. M. 10722.

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Charles Williams. TWO of the WIGGIN’S. | [(Tops and bottoms of 1803.) the second part of the title has been trimmed from the lower part of the print].
Two of the wiggins's. thumb

Published July 2nd 1803 by S. W. Fores 50 Piccadilly. Folios of Caricatures lent out for the Evening'

9½ x 13. Original colour trimmed within the plate marks with a horizontal central fold.

A man and woman in back view walk arm-in-arm along a flagged pavement. He wears a vast bicorne hat, one seated resting on his shoulder and reaching nearly to his waist. The lady wears a sprigged and bordered shawl draped burnous-like over her shoulders, one point reaching the ground, another hanging below her waist. Her coal-scoop straw bonnet projects far beyond her face. Jon Bee, 'Dictionary', 1823, gives Mr. Wiggins: 'Any mannerist of small brains and showy feather.'

B. M. 10189.

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Charles Williams. MRS CLARKES BREECHES.
Mrs clarkes breeches. thumb

Published March 1809 by T. Tickle Dukes Place.

10¼ x 13. Original colour with slight staining and good margins.

Mrs. Clarke stands, wearing a grotesquely long pair of breeches belonging to the Duke of York. The empty pockets hang inside out, and she holds them out, saying, "A Fig for such Breeches! there's nothing in them!!" On a chair lies the blue pelisse, which she wore in the Commons. Mrs. Clarke's motives were known to be mercenary.

B. M. 11278.

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Charles Williams. THE BRAZEN IMAGE, SET UP at OXFORD.
The brazen image set up at  thumb

Published March 1810 by S. W. Fores 50 Piccadilly.

10 x 14. Original colour, trimmed within the plate marks. Old glue marks on verso.

Grenville, who is on the left, superintends the placing on a pedestal of a statue of a woman. This is a life-like figure in modern dress, the flesh coloured yellow, the breast much exposed; the nose is broken off, as is the posterior. On the left two young men in cap and gown stand together; one points derisively at Grenville's heavy posterior.

Below the title: 'The Isis Packet, commanded by Capt Coal, many Years chief mate of the Companys Ship Exeter, has brought over the celebrated Statue of the "Whore of Babylon, intended as a present from the Pope to the University of Oxford, the Packet had nearly foundered coming up Channel a few nights since, owing, it is said, to the Portland lights not being discernable, the Statue has sustain'd very considerable damage, particularly about the Os sacrum the face too is much disfigured. Mess Frogum and Grenouille, the modern and successfull rivals of Phidias and Praxiteles, have undertaken to restore the mutilated parts, which gave rise to the following whimsical lines found suspended from the neck of the fractured Idol.

'Tho' without Rump or Snout I'm come,

Sore bruis'd from head to toes,

This brings a model for a B-m

That for a Br-z-n Nose.'

A satire on Grenville's election as Chancellor of Oxford in succession to Portland, In his canvass he was powerfully supported by Brasenose College and its Principal Frodsham Hodson and by Dr. John Cole,

B. M. 11534.

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Charles Williams. ANSWER to John Bulls COMPLAINT.
Answer to john bulls compla thumb

Published 17th June by T. Tegg Cheapside. With a Tegg number of 233 top right.

9¾ x 13¾. Original colour with small margins, and a water mark of 1812.

The Regent, seated sideways on his chair, is in back view, holding out his hand in an oratorical gesture towards a ragged and despairing John Bull, who stands hat in hand addressing him. He says: "Why you unatural Grumbler after I have done all I could to get rid of your Money you Still grumble did I not give you a Fète did I not Build you a Bridge did I not Treat you with a Smell of all the nice things at my Feast did I not sign the Corn Bill did I not refuse the [scored through] your Address have I not drank whole Pipes of Wine for fear it should be waste'd have I not spent all your money because you should not spend it your self have you not got the Income Tax to keep you sober, & as for your Dress the Thinner the better for the Sumer Season so Johnny go Home to work its all for the good of your Country." John Bull has no coat, wears a tattered waistcoat, shirt, and breeches, has one ragged stocking with a pad over the knee, and one bare leg covered with a twisted straw rope, with dilapidated shoes, thus resembling a destitute day labourer instead of a 'cit' or farmer. He registers despair and alarm.

B. M. 12556.

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Charles Williams. THE CROWN and ANCHOR Despor[d]ado or the CRACKED MEMBER belonging to the Bedlam rangers.
The crown and anchor despor thumb

Published 8th August 1803 by S. W. Fores. 50 Piccadilly.

14 x 9¾. Original colour with reasonable margins and some printers creases. Bearing a watermark of 1802.

Burdett leans from a ground-floor window of the 'Crown & Anchor' tavern, whose façade stretches diagonally across the design, the door on the extreme left. He harangues an audience who stand outside the railings, his right. arm extended. He says: "I say don't Arm - don't enter into the Volunteer Corps, dont support the Minister, dont oppose the French - but you Sailors all demand to be Captains, You Soldiers to be Colonels, you people to be Baronets in short now is your time to insist upon every thing your hearts can wish, and then - "  Two of the audience face the window: one, clutching the railings, says: "Why then the Rascally French will be here, and we shall have nothing left to Ask for." A more roughly dressed man beside him on the extreme right, looks up, saying, "There's a pretty Fellow for a Member."

At the end of July Burdett's return for Middlesex was commemorated at the Crown and Anchor. The speech that 'Sir Francis Burdett gave on this occasion gave rise to great resentment when it was reported in the ‘Morning Post’. The title connotes Burdett's relations with Despard (convicted of treason Feb. 1803).

B. M. 10054.

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Charles Williams. THE YORKSHIRE BUMKINS MISTAKE. After Woodward.
The yorkshire bumkins mista thumb

Published 6th August 1807 by Thomas Tegg No. 111 Cheapside. With a Tegg number of 24 top right.

13¼ x 9½. Original colour with thread margins and some paper discolouration.

An obese country footman stands at the door of a large town house, addressing a fashionable London servant, the servant is saying, "Tell the Dowager, My Lady is gone to Court." The footman replies, "Gone to Court!! come thats a good one—I thought she was married— you Lononers be strange people to be sure—Gone to Court! Mercy on us! why where I come from the Leadies always expect—that of the Men."

B. M. 11979.

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Charles Williams. St. MARTINS in an UPROAR.
St martins in an uproar. thumb

Published October 1st 1801 by S. W. Fores 50 Piccadilly.

14¾ x 9½.Original colour with thread margins, on laid paper with a repaired tear in the central figures right wrist.

A thin man dressed as a parson is being chased down the wide steps of St. Martins in the Fields, his assailants being three clergymen, one of whom has snatched off the impostor's wig. On both sides of the steps are spectators. A fashionably dressed man takes a pregnant young woman by the shoulder and points to the pseudo-parson, saying, "Go along with you I say this is the Parson for my Money". She answers, pointing to the fat parson who has seized the wig, "Aye but I tell you it will stand good besides the Rector will do it over again for us".

B. M. 9779.

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Charles Williams. THE CHEERFUL COBLER.
The cheerful cobler. thumb

Published by T. Tegg 111 Cheapside, with a Tegg number of 160 top right. c.1800-20.

14 x 9¾. Original colour with reasonable margins. Inscribed Woodward delt.

A cobbler, broadly grinning, holds up a long thread and recounts a long tongue-twister beginning, “When a twister a twisting, will twist him a twist”, to the diversion of two sailors, who remark, “Scuttle my hammock, Jib, if this here fellow does not beat our parson.”, “I think so messmate and the surgeon into the bargain.” A sign above the cobbler's shop reads, 'Men and womens soles translated, their understand-ings mended - uprights rectified - and quarters restiched. by J Cook - Knt. of St. Crispin, and secular twister to the parish of Sheeperton'.

Online registration number. 1935,0522.10.101

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Charles Williams. SPECTRES visiting JOHN BULL.
Spectres visiting john bull thumb

Published February 23rd 1808 by Walker No. 9 Cornhill.

13½ x 9½. Original colour with thread margins.

John Bull, is portrayed as a fat 'cit', and seated beside a writing-table holding up a large book. On the left hand page is inscribed 'Vote of Thanks respecting the Expedition to Copenhagen'. As he turns, he sees, with a look of horror, the ghosts of Fox, Pitt and Burke. All are wearing shrouds and stand on clouds; and all point a menacing forefinger. Fox says, "Erase those lines from your Journal"; Pitt and Burke say, "Erase". In reply John Bull says, "Why dont you come then and transact the business yourselves? - it is impossible I can please every body. - it is come to such a pitch now that I have no peace either with the living or the dead!!!"

On 28 January, Castlereagh moved a vote of thanks to Cathcart 'for the judicious and decisive measures, which, after exhausting every means of negotiation were employed by him for effectuating the surrender of the Danish Navy and Arsenal of Copenhagen'. There was opposition, and Burdett moved a division, but the leading speakers against the motion Windham, Tierney, Whitbread, and Elliot, did not vote, and the motion was carried by 100 to 19. Resolutions for giving the thanks of the House to other officers, and for approving the valour of the army and navy were then agreed to. 'Parl. Debates',  

B. M. 10968

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Charles Williams. POLITICAL QUACKS or the Erfurth Copartnership commencing business.
Political quacks. thumb

Published November 1808 by Walker No. 7 Cornhill.

14½ x 11¾. Original colour trimmed within the image. Tear to the base through the ‘K’ of Quacks just into image, and tear to right through second set of windows.

Napoleon, as a quack doctor, stands on a platform addressing the crowd below, whose heads and shoulders form the base of the design. He wears uniform with his small cocked hat (the petit chapeau making a first appearance in these prints), with a bushy powdered wig, to indicate the quack. His patients (the princes of Europe, &c.) are seated behind him. They are in front of the closed curtains of his booth; these are drawn aside by a grinning skeleton, Death, who puts his head out, holding a dagger, and says: "Walk up, Walk up Kill or Cure".

Napoleon says: "Ladies and Gentlemen depend upon it here is no deception, Observe the patients ranged behind me, on my right is a Prussian Gentleman who was much afflicted with a complication of Disorders, till I cured him by administering a few leaden Boluses. - next to him is an Austrian patient entirely reliev'd by my Austerlitz draught next to him is a Spaniard whose case is rather doubtfull - I wont say much about it, - the nex is a Dutchman, he was a little crack'd, but I have made him as lame as a Frog, beyond him is an Old Gentleman of the Popish persuasion - whom I cured by one bottle of my Italian drops - ther are many more in the background whom I have cured of various disorders, or have now in my care - but Ladies and Gentlemen let me particularly draw your attention to the great Russian Bear, once a very fierce Animal, but dumb like the rest of his species, but after taking a dose of my Friedland Pills, and an application of the Tilsit Powder, he is able to converse like a rational being!!!"

A huge brown bear, muzzled and with an iron collar inscribed 'Doctor Boney', is saying, "Ladies and Gentlemen I am proud to say as well as my Muzzle will permit me, that I have a large share in the concern".

Talleyrand wearing a mitre is gesticulating towards John Bull in the centre and saying, "Ah Master Bull what are you amongst the crowd - come now you and your Sweedish Friend had better step up into the Booth, and take a dose or two of my Master's Pills". John answers: "We'll see you and your Master d - d first".

The meeting at Erfurt of Napoleon and the Tsar (28 Sept. to 14 Oct.) was attended by minor German princes. Owing to the situation in Spain, Napoleon could not dictate. Talleyrand secretly warned Alexander not to be dorninated by Napoleon. The Tsar refused to put pressure on Austria: Napoleon disappointed the Tsar over the evacuation of Prussia and the partition of Turkey. The two Emperors dispatched a letter to George III begging him to accord peace to the world and 'to guarantee all the powers then existing', threatening that otherwise still greater changes would occur, all opposed to the interests of Great Britain. On 28 October, Canning answered that the King was now allied to the sovereigns of Portugal and Sicily and had sacred engagements with the Spanish people, and that these engagements must be respected. Sweden was still unsuccessfully at war with Russia.

B. M. 11054.

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Charles Williams. SMUGGLING in HIGH LIFE.
Smuggling in high life. thumb

After the title: '"The Rogues were not satisfied and insisted on having the Coach and Horses too, and accordingly / "accompany'd her Ladyship home, when the noble Lord facetiously observed if stick was the Law of / the case a value must be set on the carriage & horses and he would give a draft for the money, debiting her Ladyships pin money for the amount. Vide Morng Herald Novr 30 1813.'

Published January 1st 1814 by N. W. Jones No. 5 Negate Street.

16¼ 10½. Original colour with a repaired tear into the Inn on the right. The print has been re-backed and has the usual folds as it is from the ‘Scourge’.

Five Custom House men are stopping a coach and four on a country road. One holds open the door; the lady inside says: "What do you mean fellow by stopping me in this rude way if there is law you shall pay for it." He answers "Aye Aye, my Lady we'll run the risk of that, it tis'nt the first time we have had dealings with Ladies of Fashion!!"

The lady has been to a secret depot in Dover to buy some French goods.

B. M. 12340.

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Charles Williams. MAY FASHIONS, or Hints for a four in Hand Exhibition.
May fashions. thumb

Published May 1st 1813 by the Proprietor of Town Talk.

16½ x 10½. Original colour with small margins and some staining in the corners.

Processions of coaches go through 'Cavendish Square', the houses of which form a background. The first coach, has a roof shaped like a Chinese pagoda and is decorated with bells; on the apex is a seat occupied by an ape, dressed as a man, who rings a hand bell and blows a horn, bells are also attached to the springs of the coach. A man seated on the box turns to the driver to say, "No bad scheme of Sr Harry's to get the Amateur to perform today! tolerable attendance." Two servants sit in the rumble; one points to the ape, saying, "What do you think Tom of our new fellow Servant! did Master get him from Bond Street." The other answers: "Oh No! hes not one of the Loungers Master had him from Exeter Change he has been well educated you see."

The second coach is the odd-shaped curricle of 'Romeo' drawn by four horses, whose harness, like the curricle, are decorated with cocks. The coachman is dressed as Lothario, with three huge feathers towering from his hat. He says, "I scorn that odious uniform which would hide the graces of my form and those detestable boots would spoil a most delectable leg!—Bless us! how we draw, out of the theatre as well as in."

This is a satire on the, ‘Four-in-hand Club’. They were accused of seeking publicity by eccentricity as Coates did. 'Sir Harry' may be Sir Henry Peyton, one of the leading members. The impoverished peer is probably Lord Barrymore, who was one of the founders of the club, and notorious for his love of pugilism.

B. M. 12129.

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Charles Williams. HOCUS-POCUS- or CONJURORS RAISING the WIND.
Hocus pocus. thumb

Published October 1st 1814 by N. W. Jones No. 5 Newgate Street.

20½ x 7¾. Original colour re-backed and trimmed to the image and around the title. This has the usual folds as it is from the ‘Scourge’.

This is a scene in the green room of the Haymarket Theatre. George Colman sits in the centre in an armchair and is beset by unpaid actors, who have just played in, ‘Dr. Hocus Pocus or, Harlequin Washed White’. This is a satire on the insolvency of Colman, who managed the Haymarket Theatre and also wrote, ‘Dr. Hocus Pocus or, Harlequin Washed White’ which, after a little alteration became popular.

B. M. 12328.

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Charles Williams. NIC alias NAP’S MARCH to ELBA or the Downfall of the Napolean Dynasty.
Nic alias nap. thumb

Published May 1st 1814 by N. W. Jones No. 5 Newgate Street.

16 x 8¼. Original colour with thread margins and with the usual folds as this is from the, ‘Scourge’.

A scene outside an inn whose sidewall, between sea (left) and mountains (right), forms a background to the centre of the design. Napoleon, wearing his petit chapeau and not caricatured, seated on a kicking mule, is stationary under a gallows, apparently unconscious of the Devil who stands behind him on the mule, one hoof resting on a box of '600,0000 Franks' which is slung from the Emperor's shoulder, in order to adjust a noose.

Joseph and Jérôme are associated with Napoleon's exile. Jérôme married Eliza Patterson in 1803; Napoleon annulled the marriage by imperial decree in 1807. The Proclamation signed by Alexander on behalf of the Allies on 31 Mar., published 1 Apr., declared that the Allies would never treat with Napoleon or any of his family. On that day, the Senate formed a provisional government, which on 2 Apr. pronounced that Napoleon had forfeited the crown.

B. M. 12256.

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Charles Williams. DELIVERING a PROPHETESS.
Delivering a prophetess. thumb

Published November 1st 1814 by N. W. Jones No 5 Newgate Street.

13¾ x 9½. Original colour with thread margins and the usual folds as this is from the ‘Scourge’.

A. bedroom scene, with Joanna Southcott siting in an armchair, attended by three women and four doctors. Between her legs is a large tub inscribed 'Living Water', into which water gushes from a tap projecting from under her petticoats. She leans back with extended arms, exclaiming, "Shiloh! let not this groupe dismay thee Come forth into the World I pray thee!" One doctor, Reece, superintends the flow of water, kneeling in profile to the left on a large volume: '[R]eec's Medical Guide'. In his pocket is a paper: 'Account of Wonderful Pregnancies'. Behind him, a second doctor sniffs at a tumbler of water, saying, "This is a very pretty rig! | Nothing but water d .... n my Wig!" Two others talk together on the right, one peer through a microscope into a goblet; the other asks, "What do you see in the water, Doctor!" He answers: "Bubbles Doctr "the earth hath bubbles, as the water hath ['Macbeth' I. iii]". I said it was all my eye."

Dr. Reece, see No. 12330, published 'The Medical Guide, for the use of the Clergy, Heads of Families, and Practitioners in Medecine and Surgery'.

B. M. 12335.

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Charles Williams. SUBLIME and BEAUTIFULL.
Sublime and beautifull thumb

Beneath the title from Burke's essay, 1756 is,

 'O! thou wert born to please me, my Rural Queen of Love,

Through all the woods I'll praise thee my Shepherd of the Grove,

Thus happy never Jealous

Can any harm assail us

My rural Queen of Love.'

Published April 1810 by Thos. Tegg 111 Cheapside, and with a Tegg number of 6 top right.

9¾ x 14. Original colour with reasonable margins. On paper with a watermark on 1812.

A Thames waterman with a badged sleeve, number 27, and a long boat hook, takes the hand of a fat woman with ragged clothes holding a basket of (?) lavender. Both are ugly and amorous.

B. M. 11648.

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Charles Williams. BONEY’S CAVALRY –a Ruse de Guerre or Baycs’s troop in French pay. As War is Boney’s Hobby, then Why not on Hobbies mount his men.
Boney's cavalry thumb

Published May 4th 1813 by Thos. Tegg 111 Cheapside, and with a Tegg number of 192 top right.

13¾ x 9¾. Original colour with reasonable margins and repaired tears lower left and a wormhole in top left speech bubble.

French cavalry on realistic hobby-horses are commanded by an officer similarly mounted. Napoleon stands behind him (right) with folded arms, turning his head in profile to the right to address an elderly general who faces him with flexed knees and deprecating hands. The 'horses' are surrounded by a petticoat under which pairs of booted legs are visible. Top boots are attached to the saddles to simulate the boots of the cavalrymen, who hold their sabres against their shoulders. All wear cavalry helmets with horsetails. The officer, his sword raised shouts, "Attention! Strut; look big; and make your Hobbies prance; We'll make the foe believe there's Cavalry in France." Napoleon, who is not caricatured, though wearing a large plumed bicorne, says complacently, "Eh bien General vat you tink of dis Ruse de Guerre, dey vill make de Cossak run ma foi!" The general answers, "Oui Sire! tis very good trick indeed!" Another officer behind him (right), clasps his forehead, saying: "Very good horse for de Russia Campaign they no mind the cold nor de hunger." The background is a wide plain with a distant camp.

B. M. 12044.

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Charles Williams. A BUZ IN A BOX or the Poet in a Pet_with a Chip of the Block, mounted on Papa’s Pegasus. ‘vide opening of New Drury Lane Theatre.’
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Published October 21st 1812 by S. W. Fores.

14 x 10. Original colour with small margins, and on laid paper.

A corner of the stage at Drury Lane slants diagonally from left to right, showing part of the orchestra and pit (right) with part of two stage-boxes on the extreme right. The stage manager, Raymond, stands addressing the clamorous audience, while on the left a young man with ass's ears sits on a donkey which flourishes its heels so that they strike the lowered stage-curtain. The donkey brays "Ih ho Ih ho Ih ho," its hindquarter is branded 'My Pegasus Buz'. Its rider recites:

"Nor ever here your smiles would be represt,

"Knew you the rival flames that fires our breast,

"Flame, Fire and Flame!—sad—woe Neddy!

Ladies and Gentlemen, My Papa's Pegasus is so full of fire and spirit that very few are capable of mounting him. for my self I never spoke but once & that was— Unce logos but if you will give me leave to get on with my Papas Monologue I am positive you will pronounce it the prettiest piece of poetry produced for the purpose."

Dr. Busby, also with ass's ears, leans from the upper stage-box, saying, "Ladies and Gentlemen, only hear My Son speak my Monologue written by myself the only one fit to be heard the committee are as ignorant of good Poetry a[s] I am of true criticism. I am a great writer reviews my sons works very clever indeed—writes my own life—well worth reading—my Life of Lucius Otrigger will astonish you now pray hear my Son speak my Monologue!—."

The scene at Drury Lane on 15 Oct. is depicted. Dr. Busby actually spoke from a box in the third tier, and in a much-interrupted speech said, among much else, 'he should give them an opportunity of hearing such a Monologue as they had seldom heard'. Raymond was understood to say that the reciter should not be interrupted. After the first few lines, young Busby was inaudible.

B. M. 11938.

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Charles Williams. THE THREE GEORGE’S___THE PATRON__THE SOVEREIGN-and the PATRIOT.
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Published May 7th 1827 by John Fairburn Broadway Ludgate Hill.

13¾ x 9¾. Original colour with small margins.

Saint George, George IV, and Canning attack a monster inscribed Conspiracy, which lies desperately wounded. As St. George aims a spear bearing the words, ‘St. George’, he says, “I Protect England.”

George IV, on a horse with trappings inscribed ‘George IV Rex’, raises the sceptre inscribed ‘Perrogative’ and says, “I assert my Perrogative.”

Canning, on foot, stands over the monster, raising a bludgeon inscribed, ‘Vox Populi Oak’, and says, “I'm my Sovereigns Champion and will conquer or die.”

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Charles Williams. SAILORS’ Rigging Out POLL.
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Published by T. Tegg with a Tegg number of 268 top right.

13¾ x 9½. Original colour with good margins and on paper with a watermark of 1818.

The vulgar, would-be fashionable, shop man, says, "Depend upon it Sir, mine is the first house for for fashionable Articles in Monmouth Street, on the honor of a Salesman I have dealt fairly and honestly, I assure you, by the Young Lady's fashionable feather hat, I dont get a farthing - ." The sailor answers "Come - come no palaver. I know you have cheated me pretty handsomely - but howsomever as my Messmate and I go partners in the ship and Cargo - it wont fall so heavy - but come my hearty - I'll tell you what I'll do with you - throw me in half a dozen laced Smickets [chemises], and we'll make it even money, I like to have it all right under the Hatches, you understand me - all of a piece from Stem to Stern, D----n me!" The other sailor and Poll face each other. He says, "Why Poll I should scarcely know you - You look like a Bond Street frigate steering towards Pall-Mall - but I say my lass I dont much admire your gib-boom - it puts me in mind of a scuttle fish in a fresh gale."

B. M. 10901.

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Charles Williams. The Genius of Theatricals bringing JOHN BULL to his SENSES!!!
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Published January 28th 1806 by S. W. Fores No. 50 Piccadilly.

13¾ x 9¾. Original colour on laid paper with good margins, repaired tear just into the lower part of the butterfly gown.

A fat John Bull sits on the ground goggling at a tiny Roscius (wearing Highland dress as Douglas), who flees from him, looking over his shoulder. A fool's cap with ass's ears has just been removed from John's head by 'the Genius of Theatricals', a young woman supported on butterfly wings and clouds.

Kemble, in trunk hose with a sword, is about to raise him to his feet, while Mrs. Siddons, wearing Greek costume, on the extreme right bends benignly towards him. John says, "Ah! my good friend Mr Kemble how do you do? Mrs Siddons- I am happy to see you - mercy on me what Enchantment have I been under!! is that the Pigmy I was so much attach'd to! why he appears now no bigger than a pinshead!! and I declare I thought him as tall as the Monument!!"

The satire anticipates the extinction of Master Betty on the London stage; he continued to play at both theatres during the spring of 1806.

B. M. 10635.

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Charles Williams. MARKET DAY.
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Published August 8th 1796 by S. W. Fores No. 50 Piccadilly – Folios of Carricatures lent out for the Evening.

13½ x10¼. Original colour and trimmed to plate mark, on laid paper.

A very fat and prosperous butcher seated on his block beside his stall looks up at a lean and ragged man who stands facing him, his hands in his pockets. An over-fat dog also looks up inquiringly. The butcher asks, "What d'ye want? What d'ye buy?" The answer, "What do I want - efacks I want everything!"

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Charles Williams. THE BRAZEN IMAGE erected on a PEDESTAL wrought by HIMSELF.
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Published May 29th 1802 by S. W. Fores 50 Piccadilly.

9¾ x 16. Original colour on laid paper with small margins and a tear just toughing lower part of the pedestal.

Pitt, in the guise of a statue coloured yellow, stands on a pedestal formed of blocks of stone. Its base is 'Increase of National debt 250-000-000'; the corresponding upper slab (chipped) on which rests , the base of the statue, inscribed 'Sic itur ad astra, is Income Tax'. The smaller flocks are: 'Hair Powder', 'Horse Duty', ‘'Tax on Beer', 'Armorial Bearings', 'Tax on Malt', 'Additional House Tax', 'Additional Window Tax', 'Hat Duty', 'Tax on Shopmen', 'Shop Tax', 'Servant Tax', 'War of Examination'.

Fox and Sheridan both point to the statue, Fox says, "That Brass countenance of his never shone with more conspicuous confidence, one would think he was in the very an of proposing a new Tax." Sheridan says: "There's a Monument of Integrity, his Works not only follow, but support him, Nebuchadnazzars Brazen Image was nothing to it, Nor his people half so Idolatrous."

B. M. 9869.

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Charles Williams. A TETE A TETE Conversation on Recent Events.
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Published April 19th 1805 by S. W. Fores 50 Piccadilly.

9¾ x 14. Original colour on laid paper with small margins and a water mark of 1801.

John Bull sits squarely in an armchair his hands on his knees, turning his head to listen to Pitt with a knowing smile. Pitt, in an upright chair, leans forward, his hands, which are enormously long, held out deprecatingly. He says, with an anxious expression, "Did you ever hear any thing like it Mr Bull - and do you know they even go so far, as to say I must go out too! - What do you think of that Mr Bull?" John answers: "Come come - now - that's all Gammon. - No tricks upon Travellers [a catch-phrase]. - No - No - must not bite at every thing - it cant be. - D------n me but that's too good news to be true however."

Melville resigned his office of First Lord on 9 Apr., the day after the casting vote against him. The aim of the Opposition in the Melville case was to weaken Pitt's Ministry.

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Charles Williams. A GRAND COUNTRY DANCE. “This Life is like a Country Dance, the World a spacious Ball Room”. Dibdin.
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Published S. W. Fores 50 Piccadilly & 312 Oxford Street. The publication line of ‘Pubd by C Knig.’ obliterated and replaced by Fores hence an 1818-19 re-issue.

13¾ x 9½. Original colour trimmed within the plate mark on laid paper. Repaired tear top right as this was stuck into an album.

A French dancing-master holds up his dancing-master's fiddle, addressing a group of representative British characters. He says: "Monsieur, Sare, every ting depend pon lam to dance, widout dat you can do no ting at all in dis Worlt, for if you will get a Wife wid great deal Money, eh by Gar! you must dance away to Scotland, if you run in debt ver much, eh by Gar you must dance away from your Creditor, if you want a place from de great Lor, eh by Gar you must dance attendance, oh all de World dance every day, de Frenchman he dance after de Liberté, de Spaniard he dance away from Lor Nelson, den Lor Nelson dance after him, de Italian he dance to de Opera, den dance away wid your Money de Alderman he dance after de Turtle, so voila all de World von grand contré dance.”

A burly well-dressed Irish fortune hunter says gloomily, "Arrah my dear Honey! and haven't I danced all the way from Sligo in order to pick up a Tight little partner to Jigg it to Scotland with me, and pay the piper into the bargain by Jasus to be sure I have." A raffish man, in ill-fitting clothes of fashionable intention, says, "Thats a Devilish good Hint, Monseer, so I'll lead off, without waiting for a partner, or some of my Creditors will be for Calling the Dance." A fat ugly 'cit' says, "O dear Heart! I could dance 20 miles after Turtle, in spite of the Gout." He raises one gouty foot in a slashed shoe. A bare-footed Scot takes snuff, saying, "Ah! the Mon says Vary true, I have been dancing attendance on a great Laird these twa Year and ha got nothing but promises. I be na so lucky as my Friend Johnny M'Cree.” John Bull dressed as a sailor says, "They have led us a preetty dance sure enough, but shiver my timbers if we Won't make sing out for it when we do catch them". Behind him a French dancing master says, "Good bye Jack Bull I go dance home wid de Guiné!"

B. M. 10423.

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Charles Williams. A COUNCIL in CONFUSION or PRINCIPLES of DEMOCRACY too Prevalent.
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Published March 1806. By S. W. Fores 50 Piccadilly.

13½ x 9¾. Original colour on laid paper and let into an album sheet. A small repaired hole in second from the top right speech bubble.

George III seated a writing table is trying to fend-off member of the new ministry who are besetting him with conflicting plans. The King says, “What, What, What! [His habitual phrase], all Wrong! all Wrong." Fox, falling from his chair says, "I am certain John Bull will like my plan better than any of them, sign mine." Next, to him is Ellenborough who says, "The only specimen among them of knowledge of the Subject, Sign this." Moria, with one hand on Ellenborough’s shoulder says, "By St Patrick now, if you was to put the whole of them together you would not be able to make a bit of sense out of them, this is the only one for John Bull."

The divergences of outlook of the new Ministry were most conspicuous as between Fox, who stood for the feasibility and desirability of peace, and Windham, who inherited Burke's views on a 'Regicide Peace.’ In the debate on Ellenborough's inclusion in the Cabinet Fox denied the principle of Cabinet responsibility, asserting that each Minister was responsible for his own department.

B. M. 10545.

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Charles Williams. THE CASTING VOTE or the Independent Speaker.
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Published April 24th 1805 by S. W. Fores 50 Piccadilly.

10 x 13¾. Original colour with small margins to three sides and trimmed onto at the bottom, on paper with a water mark of 1803 and a repaired tear into the ‘T’ of VOTE in the title.

The Speaker of the House rises from his chair and says, "When the Honor of my Country is at stake I feel no Bias but Truth-Guilty". Fox stands with his hat in his hand and is saying, "An Abbot D------n me he shall be a Pope". Behind the Speaker’s Chair Pit is seen holding up a collapsed Melville he is shouting, "Help Gentlemen Help the poor Man's fainting."

Whitbread moved eleven resolutions, which went far beyond the findings of the 'Tenth Report'. Pitt proposed as a counter-measure the appointment of a Select Committee of inquiry. Fox attacked Melville savagely 'As to the character of Lord Melville, it was so completely destroyed in public estimation for ever, that, he would venture to say, that, were the vote of the House unanimous in his favour, it would not have the slightest effect in wiping away the stigma that was universally affixed to his name.' The House divided at 4 a.m.; there were 216 votes for, and 216 against Whitbread's resolutions. The Speaker therefore gave the casting vote, and after a pause gave it against Melville. At the next sitting, 10 Apr., Pitt announced Melville's resignation.

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Charles Williams. ENGLISH CURIOSITY or a Short Answer for John Bull.
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Published May 1809 by Walker No. 7 Cornhill. "Tim Tickle Pitcher delt.

12¾ x 9. Original colour and trimmed to image with printers creases.

John Bull approaches Canning and Castlereagh, He says, “How-de-do Master Cannon, well you have made a rare blaze with the love letters at last and your squib Victory has made as fine a cracking, so as I was passing by, I just stept in to congratulate you, but I have never heard any of your crackers for the Victorys in Spain you never let a Syllabup prespire about that.”  Canning answers, with a forefinger raised admonishingly, “That was a private bussines, this is a public one, you shall always hear what ought to be made public, depend upon it Johnny!!” Castlereagh says, “Hush Johnny! speak lower and shut the door after you, we'l let you into the secret.”

The 'squib Victory' is the action against the French fleet in Aix Roads, The Spanish victory, ironically referred to, may be Wellesley's crossing of the Douro on 12 May, or perhaps Talavera. The Ministry were violently attacked for the conduct of the war in the Peninsula, both in the Press and Parliament.

B. M. 11333.

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