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Creator:
James Gillray, 1757–1815, British
Title:

True Reform of Parliament, i.e. - Patriots Lighting a Revolutionary Bonfire in New Palace Yard.

Additional Title(s):

Verso: Progress of the Toilet, The Stays, and The Wig

Date:
1809
Medium:
Etching on medium, slightly textured, cream wove paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 14 1/4 × 19 1/2 inches (36.2 × 49.5 cm), Plate: 11 7/8 × 16 3/8 inches (30.2 × 41.6 cm), and Image: 11 3/8 × 16 inches (28.9 × 40.6 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Lettered inside image: "It is only in the House of Commons | that the People of England are spoken of | with Contempt, & calumniated!!!— | —can things be remedied by Bills? No!— | it must be by an Honest House of Commons!—what is the use of Magna-Charta, Habeas-Corpus, | or the Bill of Rights?— | See, my own Speech at Westminster—Vide, Cobbett's Patriotic Register | THE RISING SUN of | REPUBLICANISM | ELEMENTS | of | REFORM | Trial | by Jury | List of Penal | Statues | Laws of | England | Public | Records | State | Trials | Act against Defaming the | Royal Familiy | Well-Ptch'd | Old Beer | Barrel | to Crown | Bonfire | PRO | BONO | Publico | WHITBREADS | ENTIRE! | Respect | to the |Crown | Rules & | Orders of | the House | of Commons | Dignities | of the | House | of Lords | Act of Union, between | Great Britain & | Ireland | Act against | Seditious | Meetings | against | Bribery | against | Corrup | -tion | Act for Punishing | LIBELERS | Of the State | Act against | Fomenting Treasons | Independent | Wig | Morning | Chronicle | Edinburg | Review | Act to Suppress | Inflammatory | LIBELS | Legal | Authorities | BILL OF | RIGHTS | Rights of ye House of | Bruns- | wick | to the | THRONE | BRUNSWICK | SUCCESSION | MAGNA-CHARTA | HABEAS CORPUS | Richts of the H's of Lords | Rights of the | Established Church | Priviliges of | the H's of Commons | Act of Protestant | succession | Freedom | of Election | Old Bailey | SEDITION | Resolution[s] of the WHIG-CLUB; | Resolved—| That it is the decided | Opinion of this Club | that no Substantial | & permanent Good | can be derived by the | Country, from any change | of Ministry, unless accom- | -panied by an entire change | of Systemn— | accomplish'd by an | entire Reform of the | Parliament. | Exchequer | Pickings | Family | Pickings | £400,000 | Come away! Brother Broad-Bottom! come away | Ay, they may want to Reform our Pockets perhaps"; lettered below image: "Publish'd June 14th 1809 by H. Humphrey, 27 St. James's Street | True Reform of Parliament, i.e. Patriots lighting a Revolutionary Bonfire in New Palace Yard. | J's Gillray inv. & fec't"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1981.25.804
Classification:
Prints
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Associated People:
Cobbett, William (1763–1835), political writer and farmer
Tooke, John Horne [formerly John Horne] (1736–1812), radical and philologist
Pleydell-Bouverie, William (1779–1869), third Earl of Radnor, member of Parliament
Grenville, George Nugent-Temple-, first marquess of Buckingham (1753–1813), British politician
Grattan, Henry (bap. 1746, d. 1820), politician
Burdett, Sir Francis, fifth baronet (1770–1844), politician
Grenville, William Wyndham, Baron Grenville (1759-1834), politician
Wardle, Col. Gwyllym Lloyd (1761/2–1833), soldier and politician
Whitbread, Samuel II (1764–1815), British politician
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Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:43405
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British Museum, Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum, 11 volumes in 12, British Museum Publications, London, no. 11338, NE55 G7 L63 A52 1978 (YCBA)


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