The Unskilfull [sic] Waggoner or the State Waggon Bogged!!!

Charles Williams

Coloured etching

26 March 1804
  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Other
    City: storage
    In this 19th-century satirical print, Charles Williams explores the theme of the suffering of the British people represented by John Bull under the heavy taxation and debt imposed by the British Government during the war against Napoleon. Bull and Prime Minister Henry Addington (1801-1803) confront themselves in ‘The Unskillfull [sic] Waggoner of the State Waggon Bogged!!!’ Looking outside his window in a shirt and a night-cap, Bull holds out a bayoneted gun the people waiting outside his house. Addington and George Tierny are standing in the water asking Bull to pay his tax. Besides them is an overloaded cart and in the background, a herd of horses can be seen whose heads represent figures of the government including Lord Spencer, Melville, Pitt, Grenville, Fox and Sheridan. 

  • About the artist
    Charles Williams was a prolific caricaturist, etcher and illustrator who occasionally used the pseudonym ‘Ansell’ or ‘Argus’. He worked with George Cruikshank and illustrated The Every-Day Book by William Hone.
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    People
    Addington, Henry, 1st Viscount Sidmouth
    Places
    Materials & Techniques
    etching, coloured etching
  • Details
    Title
    The Unskilfull [sic] Waggoner or the State Waggon Bogged!!!
    Date
    26 March 1804
    Medium
    Coloured etching
    Dimensions
    height: 28.10 cm, width: 36.10 cm
    Acquisition
    Transferred from HM Revenue and Customs, December 2012
    Provenance
    Inland Revenue, Somerset House; transferred to GAC 2012
    GAC number
    15725