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A Radical Reformer (1819)


This is a George Cruikshank cartoon called "A Radical Reformer, i.e. A Neck or Nothing Man! Dedicated to the Heads of the Nation". It was published by Thomas Tegg of Cheapside on 17 September 1819.

The cartoon shows a flame-belching, guillotine monster wearing the cap associated with French revolutionaries, which is terrorising Britain's leaders. "I'm a' coming! I'm a' coming!" he says, "I shall have you — though I'm at your heels now, I'll be at your Heads presently. Come all to me that are troubled with money & I warrant I'll make you easy!!"

On the right the Prime Minister, Lord Liverpool, falls over a bag of money. In front of him, Lord Castlereagh exclaims, "Och! by the powers! I don't like the looks of him at all, at all!" Upon hearing the Prince Regent complain that he has lost his wig, Eldon, the Lord Chancellor replies, "Never mind, so long as your head's on!"


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