Answer to John Bull’s Complaint

William, ("Paul Pry") Heath (1795 - 1840)

Coloured etching

17 June 1815
  • About the artist
    Draughtsman and printmaker William Heath was born in Northumbria. Little is known of his early life but he may have been raised in Spain and have served in the British army. Heath was 14 when his first satirical cartoons were published and he continued to etch caricatures and illustrate books, including his own ‘Life of a Soldier’ (1823). In 1825-26 he was in Edinburgh, writing and illustrating for the journal ‘Glasgow Looking Glass’. He later returned to London to illustrate a similar journal, ‘Looking Glass’. From 1827-29 he identified his work with a tiny drawing of stage character ‘Paul Pry’, abandoning the motif when it was copied by other artists. From 1830 he concentrated on topographical illustration. He died in Hampstead, aged 45.
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  • Details
    Title
    Answer to John Bull’s Complaint
    Date
    17 June 1815
    Medium
    Coloured etching
    Dimensions
    height: 33.50 cm, width: 23.40 cm
    Acquisition
    Transferred from HM Revenue and Customs, February 2013
    Provenance
    Inland Revenue, Somerset House; transferred to GAC 2013
    GAC number
    15560