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

Anti-Sacharrites, - or - John Bull and His Family Leaving off the Use of Sugar

Date:
1792
Medium:
Etching, hand-colored
Dimensions:
Sheet: 12 3/8 x 15 5/8in. (31.4 x 39.7cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

above image within plate: Anti-Sacharrites, or -John Bull and his family leaving off the Use of Sugar.; and below: To the Masters & Mistresses of Families of Great Britain, this Noble Example of Oeconomy, is respectfully sumbitted; and within image: O delicious! delicious! and O my dear Creatures, do but Taste it! You can't think how nice i is without Sugar: - and then consider how much Work you'll save the poor Blackeemoores by leaving off the use of it! - and above all, remember how much expence it will save your poor Papa! O its charming cooling Drink!; and below image: Pub. March 27th 1792 by H. Humphrey No 18 Old Bond Steet

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1981.25.970
Classification:
Prints
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Access:
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Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:44124
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On April 2, 1792, William Wilberforce presented a motion in the House of Commons that proposed the gradual abolition of slavery. James Gillray's caricature, published just a few days earlier, cleverly satirizes Wilberforce's gradualist approach by referencing the abolitionists' strategy of abstaining from sugar in order to undermine the financial basis for slavery. Gillray pictures the royal family testing its resolve. George iii, depicted as John Bull, is apparently sipping unsweetened tea, setting an example for the royal couple's six daughters (and, by extension, "to the Masters & Mistresses of Families of Great Britain"). Despite the queen's encouragements, the princesses are seemingly unwilling to let go of sugar, though women, in fact, were at the forefront of the boycotting campaign in Britain.

Gallery label for Art and Emancipation in Jamaica: Isaac Mendes Belisario and his Worlds (Yale Center for British Art, 2007-09-27 - 2007-12-30)

Art and Emancipation in Jamaica: Isaac Mendes Belisario and his Worlds (Yale Center for British Art, 2007-09-27 - 2007-12-30) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

Timothy J. Barringer, Art and Emancipation in Jamaica: Isaac Mendes Belisario and His Worlds, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2007, p. 305, no. 34, N8243 S576 B37 2007 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]


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