A bear and his leader / Js. Gillray fect.

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James Gillray
A bear and his leader / Js. Gillray fect.
[London] : Pubd May 19th 1806, by H Humphrey 27 St James's Street, [1806]
Bequest of Gordon N. Ray, 1987.
[London] : Pubd May 19th 1806, by H. Humphrey 27 St James's Street, [1806]
From the library of Gordon N. Ray.

Following caption title: "what tho' I am Obligated to Dance a Bear a Man may be a Gentleman for all that, - My Bear ever dances to the Genteelest of Tunes"


Print shows Grenville leading a dancing bear with the head of Fox enclosed in a muzzle. He holds a chain attached to the muzzle and a long heavy staff: 'Cudgel for Disobedient Bears'. The bear obediently repeats the dancing-step of his master; he holds in both paws his bonnet rouge trimmed with tricolour, and tramples upon two torn songsheets: 'Caira, Ca . . .' and 'A Begging we will go'. In Grenville's pocket is a book: 'Rewards for Obedient Bears'. He says: "dont be afraid of my Bear, Ladies & Gentlemen! "I have tamed & muzzled him, & reformed his Habits." A monkey with the head of Lord Henry Petty, and wearing the gown of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, clasps the bear's tail, and holds up a fool's cap trimmed with bells. The music is provided by Sidmouth, a ragged fiddler, with a patch over one eye. He plays 'God save the King' and from his pocket hangs a paper: 'Pray remember your poor and Old Blind-Fiddler'. On the wall behind him are three bills: (1) 'Pro Bono Publico - Superbly fine Exhibition, at the Bear Garden, Broad-bottom'd Alley. - Orpheus Charming the Brutes, with a Grand Accompaniment by Dr Sangrado [Sidmouth]'. (2) 'in the Press. - Pease Soup or Bruins Delight - a Ballad'. (3) 'Bubble & Squeak, a Duet.'

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