Description John Bull’s Blood, reads the bowl which contains gold coins, from which Queen
Charlotte and King George III (dressed as unseemly hags) swallow large mouthfuls.
Their son, the Prince of Wales (and future George IV), sits between them, drinking
from spoons on which Gillray has written £60000 per annum and £10000 per annum. In
1787, the year in which Gillray published this image, the Prince’s debts had reached
£270,000; a parliamentary vote was necessary in order to bail him out.