Mr. John Bull in a quandary

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An unfinished sketch for the engraving which appeared in the November 1845 issue of “George Cruikshank’s Table-book,” illustrating a brief article on railroad speculation by the periodical’s editor, Gilbert Abbott a Beckett. John Bull is beset by lilliputian tormentors who are removing all his cash, clothing, and possessions, beneath clouds of steam and a clanging bell.


  • Artist: Cruikshank, George, 1792-1878, artist.
  • Title: Mr. John Bull in a quandary, or, The anticipated effects of the railway calls [art original].
  • Production: [England], [ca. 1845]

Catalog Record

Drawings C889 no. 8 Box D115

Acquired July 2020

A North Country transfer

A North Country transfer

“Trotter walks off from the Bank of England with two sacks under his arm, one inscribed ‘I[ciphers obscured]000 Newland, appearing in the doorway (left), hurries after him, saying, “Hollo sir – where are you going with those bags!” On the opposite side of the street is a pawnshop where Melville, in bonnet and plaid, looks out over its half-door. Trotter answers: “I am only trotting over with them to Johnny Mac Crees Banking House!” Melville says: “Hoot awa mon! – dinna be afraid – they will be as safe with me as in your ain Strong box.” On the pawnshop door are the words ‘Money Lent’ and the three balls or pawnbroker’s sign.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • PrintmakerCruikshank, Isaac, 1756?-1811?, printmaker.
  • TitleA North Country transfer, or, Abraham Newland alarm’d [graphic].
  • Publication[London] : Pubd. April 5, 1805, by S.W. Fores, N. 50 Piccadilly, [5 April 1805]

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Acquired May 2018