The Pillar of the State or Jo_n Bull over_loaded. if the Bull should rise great must be the fall thereof.
Pubd Jan.y 10.1827 by S.W. Fores Picadilly.
Hand-coloured etching. Sheet: 250 x 355mm, (9¾ x 14"). Trimmed within plate. Some staining.
John Bull (depicted as a bull) is shown supporting of a human pyramid. Bull is driven by Lord Eldon who holds his horns, while the pyramid is formed of ministers, tax colletors, officers, and bishops etc. while from a pole which extends out of either side cling distressed men and women. From a landmass on the other side of the water, labelled France, calls a man stating 'We've plenty of Corn here Johnny if they will but let you have it'. A satirical commentry on the Corn Laws which ristricted the import of corn.
BM Satires: 15363.
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