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James Gillray, 1757–1815
Published by Hannah Humphrey, ca. 1745–1818

Patriotic-Petitions on the Convention/ the Cockney Petition; The Westminster Petition, The Chelmsford Petition, the Middlesex Petition

Etching with hand coloring in watercolor on medium, slightly textured, cream wove paper
Sheet: 12 × 16 1/2 inches (30.5 × 41.9 cm), Plate: 11 1/4 × 16 1/8 inches (28.6 × 41 cm), Image: 10 5/8 × 16 inches (27 × 40.6 cm)

Watermark, center right: "J. WHATMAN | 1808"

Lettered inside image: "The Cockney Petition! _ Enter Mr. Noodle & Mr. Doodle | Petition Me no such Peition's Mr. Noodle! | No Knighting today Mr. Doodle! | Cockney Peition | humble PETITION my liege | Mover | Mr. Noodle | Seconder | Mr. Doodle | The Westminster Peition_a kick-out from Wimbledon | out with 'em! they are too Bad for US | CLUB of REFORM | Out Monster's Haven't they clear'd Portugal | of the Enemy's Army! | Westminster | Petition | Charges | of | Ignorance | Disloyalty | Negligence | Inability | TIMES | Morning | Chroni | Convetion | of Cintra | Fodder | Repub | lican | Snuff | BRAVO | Ay, it's all for want of us! | O this cursed Convention! | It's all the Fault of the damn'd Ministry | by not sending me out to Portugal!!! | -O damme if I had had, but one of my | Legs in the Tagus. I'd have | Convention'd & D'Abrante'd 'em!! | -ah! it was all for want of Me! | Gentlemen Calves! it's all | for want of Me that | all this happen'd. | All for want of | ME!!! | ESSEX | CALVES | to be Sold to | the Best Bidder | For Particulars | Enquire at the | Broad bottom'd Market | ESSEX | Petition! | Horrid | Convention | Ministers | Firing the | Park Guns | Armistice | in French | The Chelmsford Peition. | Broad-bottom Patriots addressing the Essex Calves! | O Infamous Convention! | Inquiry won't do! _ Instant Justice! | -cut off their Heads, & Try them | -afterwards. | MIDDLESEX | PETITION | Ay, Heads first | Ay, cut off their Heads first | Heads first | J's Gillray inv't & fec't | The MIDDLESEX Peition! | Hackney Orators inspiring the Independent Blue & Buff Interest."; lettered lower center: "PATRIOTIC-PETITIONS on the CONVENTION. | London, Publish'd by H. Humphrey 87 St. James's Street."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
Associated People:
Burdett, Sir Francis, fifth baronet (1770–1844), politician
Sheridan, Richard Brinsley (1751–1816), playwright and politician
Petty-Fitzmaurice, Henry, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne (1780 - 1863), Chancellor of the Exchequer, home secretary, Lord President of the Council
Grenville, George Nugent-Temple-, first marquess of Buckingham (1753–1813), British politician
Tooke, John Horne [formerly John Horne] (1736–1812), radical and philologist
Jervis, John, First Earl of St Vincent (1735–1823), British naval officer
Silvester, Sir John, first baronet (1745–1822), British barrister and judge
Grenville, Richard Temple-Nugent-Brydges-Chandos-, first duke of Buckingham and Chandos (1776–1839), British politician
Byng, George (1764–1847), British politician
Flower, Sir Charles (1763–1834), British politician
Waithman, Robert (1764–1833), British political reformer
George III (1738–1820), king of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and king of Hanover
Windham, William (1750–1810), British politician
Junot, Jean Andoche, duc d'Abrantès (1771–1813), French military/naval officer
Cobbett, William (1763–1835), political writer and farmer
Paull, James (1770–1808), British trader and politician
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British Museum, Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum, 11 volumes in 12, British Museum Publications, London, no. 11048, NE55 G7 L63 A52 1978 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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