Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University

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The Tree of Liberty, —with the Devil Tempting John Bull,

Etching with hand coloring on wove paper

Print impression quality: Very good

Dimensions (Sheet): 361 x 268 mm (14.2 x 10.6 in.)

Signed in plate, lower center: “Js. Gy. inv. & ft.”; inscribed, lower left: date and name of publisher

Edition: Published 23 May 1798 by Humphrey, 27 James’s Street

Accession number: 1962.51.6

Purchase funds, 1962

The image depicts Charles James Fox as a serpent, tempting John Bull with the apple of “Reform.” The theme, that under the guise of a demand for reform, treason and sedition were hatched, was that of the prosecutions of 1793–1794 in England and Scotland.

Bibliography: Wright pp. 140–141; BM Sat 8074

Object Type: Prints

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