DAC Collection Object Information
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
Work Type: print
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