A free born Englishman!!!

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A man in ragged clothes stands facing right, hunched forward under the weight of a basket of ‘Rents’ and ‘Taxes’ strapped to his back. His legs are shackled, his mouth is closed by a padlock, and his hands are tied behind him. Image enclosed within a circle.

  • Printmaker: Spence, William, -1797, printmaker.
  • Title: free born Englishman!!! [graphic] : The glory of civilized life & the envy of Indian nations! / W. Spence 1796.
  • Publication: [London] : Publishd. by T. Spence, Turn Stile, Holborn, [1796]

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Acquired April 2023

At a meeting of the dealers in hats and gloves

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  • Title: At a meeting of the dealers in hats and gloves, held this day at Robert Marflitt’s, the sign of the Bell in Scarborough aforesaid (pursuant to a recommendation from the Commissioners of the Stamp-Duties) to consider of some method to prevent the evasion of the stamps ordered by Act of Parliament to be affixed thereto and charged therewith.
  • Publication: [Scarborough, England] : [publisher not identified], [1790]

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File 66 790 At862+

Acquired May 2022

No. [blank]. Excise-Office, at [blank] in [blank]

printed form with handwritten notations

Receipt for payment of carriage tax

  • Title: No. [blank]. Excise-Office, at [blank] in [blank] Distt. [blank] Colln. [blank] 1748.
  • Publication: [England] : [Excise Office], [1748]

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File 66 748 R297

Acquired October 2021

Anticipation, or, Taxes as they will be!!

In seven scenes in a design of two tiers, citizens dispute the oppressive fees imposed by a zealous tax collector who taxes bugs, pets, a bulbous nose and a runny nose, corns on a foot, and a man’s skin. In the scene on the upper right, the tax collector penalizes a man whom he accuses of evading tax as he defecates in a bush.

  • Printmaker: Cruikshank, Isaac, 1756?-1811?, printmaker.
  • Title: Anticipation, or, Taxes as they will be!! [graphic] / Woodward delnt.
  • Publication: [London] : Pubd. June 1st, 1796, by S.W. Fores, No. 50 Piccadilly, corner of Sackville Street …, [1 June 1796]

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Acquired October 2019

The grounds

Satire on Robert Walpole, showing the grounds for the Motion to remove him from office.

  • TitleThe grounds [graphic].
  • Publication[London] : [publisher not identified], publish’d according to act of Parliament, March 7, 1741.

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Acquired March 2017

The present state of John Bull

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John Bull stands defiantly in the center of a crowd of angry men — military officers, gentlemen of various ages, tradesmen, and an amputee — most of whom hold out bills ranging between £50 and £5000; the speech bubbles above their heads read: “King’s taxes”; “Police rate”; “Parish rates”; “Excise duties”; “Tithes church rates pew rents & Easter doos [sic]”; “Sundres &c.” John Bull’s response reads, “Damme ye had better devour me., ye voratious crew. Am I never to have my hands out of my pocket again, but ‘t wont last long lads. I shall soon be in the Gazette & then ye lazy drones ye must work hard for you own livings.” The man with a large belly on the lower right carries a little dog under his arm.

  • Creator: Grant, C. J. (Charles Jameson), active 1830-1852, artist.
  • Title: The present state of John Bull [drawing].
  • Created: [England, between 1830 and 1852?]

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Drawings G761 no. 7 Box123

Acquired November 2013

Plumpers for Sr. Judas

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A satire against Wray for his proposals to abolish Chelsea Hospital and tax maid-servants, and for his desertion of Fox, for which he was called Judas. In the center of the image Sir Cecil Wray is cudgelled by two Chelsea pensioners as another approaches on crutches from the right. A maid servant on the left is preparing to strike him with her mop as she shouts “I’ll souse him, a dog, tax maid servants, ha!” A fourth pensioner cheers the others on from the background where he sits waving his hat and crutch, his wooden leg having been broken off to use on Wray. All of the pensioners have lost limbs or eyes.

  • Printmaker: Cruikshank, Isaac, 1756?-1811?
  • Title: Plumpers for Sr. Judas, or, the Chealsea pensioners revenge / I.C.
  • Published: [London? : s.n.], pub. 5th April, 1784.

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Acquired October 2011.