Staggering-Bobs, a Tale for Scotchmen, or Munchausen Driving his Calves to Market

James Gillray British
Publisher Hannah Humphrey British

Not on view

George Hanger, who fought in Prussian, British and Hessian armies during the American War of Independence rides a pony piled with calves intended for market (text at upper left mentions the horse dealer Richard Tattersall and the print is dedicated to George Hay, 16th Earl of Errol, a Scottish representative peer. After the war, Hanger became a close friend of George, Prince of Wales who appointed him Equerry in 1791. This print responds to the subject's money troubles which led him to move regiments multiple times–in 1795 he purchased a Lieutenant-Colonelcy of the 125th Foot, exchanged this six months later for a commission in the 1st Battalion the 82nd Foot, then sold the latter in 1796 to purchase an ensigncy in the 70th Foot. By June 1798, his debts led to a ten-month stint in the King's Bench Prison.

No image available

Open Access

As part of the Met's Open Access policy, you can freely copy, modify and distribute this image, even for commercial purposes.


Public domain data for this object can also be accessed using the Met's Open Access API.