<< YCBA Home Yale Center for British Art Yale Center for British Art << YCBA Home

YCBA Collections Search

IIIF Actions
James Gillray, 1757–1815

An Old English-Gentleman pester'd by Servants wanting Places

Materials & Techniques:
Etching on medium, slightly textured, cream wove paper
Sheet: 11 5/8 × 15 5/8 inches (29.5 × 39.7 cm), Plate: 10 3/8 × 14 1/2 inches (26.4 × 36.8 cm), Image: 10 × 14 1/8 inches (25.4 × 35.9 cm)

Lettered inside image: "Well Gentlemen,—I have taken | a peep at you all: but I am afraid | that you won't do—-for some of you | are too Heavy & Broad-Bottom'd for | Service; & the rest seem to have no | Bottom at all.—So Gentlemen, I think | I shall be content with my Old Servants | Does his Honor want a pair of Irish Chairmen | to carry his honor clean through the Mud? | Does his Honor want a Partner | in Business! -ask him Townshend | Cobbett's | Political | Register | Does his Honor want a Patriotic Reformer? | I'm not Bill Soanes | Oout with you | & be dam'd | Take care of your | Pockets, Gentlemen | Broad-bottoms | Pray your Honor remember Doctor Slop! | your Old Apothecary - who Physick'd the French! | Cathartic | Does his Honor want a Fiddler to play a Jig | If his Honor wants an | Honest Porter, I'm his Man! | Motion against | Royal Family | Motion against the | Ministry | against the War | MOTIONS | to be brought | to the House | of COMMONS | against ye Judges | against the Church | against Magna | Charta | Motion against - | Sam Froth | his Knot | Carries any | weight in | any Weather | His Honor don't take ay notice of | the Civil Speeches, I lately made. | I wish that his Honor would | but give a Nod this way! | Ego, I have now had ny Hat in | my hand for this Fortnight in hopes | of an opportunity to make a Bow! | We'll do any Thing | and in any Way! | Does your Honor want a Steady | Broad-Bottom'd Coachman to drive you | Ha! Ha! Ha! -Throw you a Bone! | -for what! a Bone to a poor silly | -Grey-Hound that can only yelp | & neight Bite nor drive the French Wolf | from the Door | -Pray throw me a Bone - your Grace - a Bone | - a Word in your Favor mr. T- | I fear | that I shall not find a Word of that kind | in all England | Pray Mr. Chancellor P- do speak | a Word in our favor to his Honor | I can look after your Honor's Estates in Ireland | or take care of your Fams at Windsor | Pray Mr. Secretary C- has his Honor | any wish for our Services? | Not the least wish I believe! | our | old | State | Watch | -man | Scheme | for Crimping | Js Gillray inv & fect | an Old English-Gentleman pester'd by Servants wanting Places."; lettered below image: "Pub'd May 16th, 1809-by H. Humphrey 27 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:
Whitbread, Samuel II (1764–1815), British politician
Grenville, William Wyndham, Baron Grenville (1759–1834), politician
Grenville, George Nugent-Temple-, first marquess of Buckingham (1753–1813), British politician
Grattan, Henry (bap. 1746, d. 1820), politician
Perceval, Rt. Hon. Spencer (1762–1812), Prime Minister (1809–1812)
Tooke, John Horne [formerly John Horne] (1736–1812), radical and philologist
Grenville, Richard Temple-Nugent-Brydges-Chandos-, first duke of Buckingham and Chandos (1776–1839), British politician
Howard, Charles (1746–1815), eleventh Duke of Norfolk, politician
Jervis, John, First Earl of St Vincent (1735–1823), British naval officer
Petty-Fitzmaurice, Henry, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne (1780 - 1863), Chancellor of the Exchequer, home secretary, Lord President of the Council
Ponsonby, George (1755–1817), British politician and member of Parliament
Erskine, Thomas, first Baron Erskine (1750–1823), British politician
Sheridan, Richard Brinsley (1751–1816), playwright and politician
Stewart, Robert, Viscount Castlereagh and 2nd Marquess Londonderry (1759–1822), Chief Secretary for Ireland
Bentinck, William Henry Cavendish, third Duke of Portland (1738–1809), British politician and head of Whig party (1782)
Burdett, Sir Francis, fifth baronet (1770–1844), politician
Hastings, Francis Rawdon, first marquess of Hastings and second earl of Moira (1754–1826), army officer and politician
Addington, Henry, first Viscount Sidmouth (1757–1844), prime minister
Tierney, George (1761–1830), British politician
Canning, George (1770–1827), British prime minister and parodist
Grey, Charles, 2nd Earl Grey (1764–1845), politician/statesman
Windham, William (1750–1810), British politician
Cobbett, William (1763–1835), political writer and farmer
Spencer, George John, second Earl Spencer (1758–1834), British military officer, Secretary of State
George III (1738–1820), king of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and king of Hanover
Bedford, John Russell, 6th Duke of (British aristocrat, 1766–1839)
Pratt, John Jeffreys (1759–1840), first Marquess Camden, Lord Lieutenatn of Ireland (1795–1798)
Accessible by appointment in the Study Room [Request]
Note: The Study Room is open by appointment. Please visit the Study Room page on our website for more details.

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) [YCBA]

If you have information about this object that may be of assistance please contact us.