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John Bull taking a luncheon: - or - British cooks, cramming old grumble-gizzard, with bonne-chére

3 of 8 portraits of Alan Gardner, 1st Baron Gardner

John Bull taking a luncheon: - or - British cooks, cramming old grumble-gizzard, with bonne-chére, by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey, published 24 October 1798 - NPG D12661 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

John Bull taking a luncheon: - or - British cooks, cramming old grumble-gizzard, with bonne-chére

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 24 October 1798
10 3/8 in. x 14 3/8 in. (262 mm x 365 mm) plate size; 10 3/4 in. x 15 in. (273 mm x 380 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1947
Reference Collection
NPG D12661


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  • James Gillray (1756-1815), Caricaturist. Artist associated with 881 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
  • Hannah Humphrey (active 1778-1822), Publisher and printseller. Artist associated with 717 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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This print is one of several produced to celebrate Britain's victory at Aboukir Bay in August 1798. Nelson, wearing an apron over his uniform, serves John Bull a main course of captured French ships. He is surrounded by other heroic British admirals including General Howe, Earl St Vincent and Sir John Warren who offer a variety of other dishes, symbolising previous naval triumphs. An already obese John Bull, symbol of England and a regular figure in Gillray's work, appears here as 'Old Grumble-Gizzard' complaining ungraciously about the excess of victories on offer. The table is laid with crossed cannons, a plate of battered ships and side-dishes containing small gunboats. Opposition MPs Charles James Fox and Richard Brinsley Sheridan who had predicted defeat, appear at the window in a distressed state.