14 June 2006
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[JACKSON, Andrew]. [WAR OF 1812]. Satirical print: Johnny Bull and the Alexandrians, Philadelphia: William Charles (1776-1820), , n.d. [ca.1814].
1 page, oblong (10½ x 14½ in.) with wide margins, sparing original handcoloring added in a few places. A very fine copy.
A print that scathingly ridicules the citizens of Alexandria, Virginia, for their feeble resistance to the British capture of the city in 1814.At the center is a portly John Bull, brandishing a list of "Terms of Capitulation" at two cowering Alexandrians at the left, who plead "Pray Mr. Bull don't be too hard with us -- You know we were always friendly, even in the time of our Embargo!" John Bull demands "I must have all your Flour -- All your Tobacco -- All your Provisions -- All your Ships -- All your Merchandize -- every thing except your Porter and Perry -- keep them out of my sight, I've had enough of them already." (a delightful punning reference to Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry and Captain David Dixon Porter of the U.S. Navy). On the right, a beaming British soldier and sailor and sailor carry off barrels of rum and call out "Push on Jack, the yankeys are not all so Cowardly as these Fellows here." Century, pp.28-29; Lanmon, p.104; Murrell, p.88; Reilly 1814-3; Weitenkampf, p.19
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