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]
Drawings C889 no. 8 Box D115
Acquired July 2020
“The Prince of Wales …, sword in hand, gallantly protects Britannia against the attack of three conspirators: Pitt raises a headsman’s axe in both hands; Grafton, holding a conspirator’s lantern, is about to strike her with a dagger; Richmond … fires a musket, resting one knee on a cannon. The Prince wears a coronet with three ostrich feathers, he holds out his shield behind Britannia, who cowers towards him in terror.”–British Museum online catalogue, description of the print for which this is the original drawing.
- Creator: Rowlandson, Thomas, 1756-1827, artist.
- Title: Britannia’s support of the conspirators defeated [art original].
- Production: [England], 
Drawings R79 no. 14 Framed
Acquired November 2017