John Bull & the Archi_tect Wot Build's the Arches_ &c_ &c_ &c_ &c_(The Architect Glory consists in the designment and Idea of the work; his ambition should be to make the form triumph over the matter.
Pub June 5 1829 by T McLean 26 Haymarket Sold Pub. of P Prys caricatures None are original without Mc Lean's Name.
Handcoloured etching. Plate: 360 x 265mm, (14 x 10½"). Trimmed within plate on top and right sides. Surface dirt.
Satire on the cost of John Nash's reconstruction of Buckingham House (now Palace) with perhaps the only contemporary printed likeness of the architect. Nash stands between the two wings of the house, confronted by John Bull who scrutinises a scroll on which the word 'Commission' is many times repeated. By this time more than double the original estimate had already been spent and an alteration to the wings had cost £50,000 (both issues alluded to in the speech between Nash and John Bull). Nash admitted that he had profited by exchanging his salary for a percentage commission on expenditure (hence the scroll). During 1829 a thousand men were toiling to finish the Palace by the King's birthday (August 12) in 1830, making the publication of this print particularly timely.
BM Satires: 15794.
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