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“Randulph refusing to drink the King’s health ‘over the water.'”


“You must drink the toast – it’s the rule of the club,” added Sir Bulkeley.
“It is a rule I cannot subscribe to,” replied Randulph.

 "Randulph refusing to drink the King's health 'over the water'". 1842. [2]

“Randulph refusing to drink the King’s health ‘over the water'”. 1842. [2]

I admit that I deeply enjoy the satirical illustrations of George Cruikshank. In continuing to post images of people drinking wine, I have selected Cruikshank’s illustration of “Randulph refusing to drink the King’s health ‘over the water.'” This illustration appears in William Harrison Ainsworth’s The Miser’s Daughter (1842).  In this image, Randulph is at a club meeting where he and other men stand surrounding a round table.  There are bottles of wine on the table and a punch bowl full of water with the men are extending their arms out with glasses of wine.  The men are ready to make a toast to Bonnie Prince Charlie.  Randulph, however, remains loyal to George II and in refusing to make the toast causes a bit of a scuffle.


[1] Ainsworth, William Harrison. The Miser’s Daughter. 1842. URL: https://archive.org/details/misersdaughter01ains
[2] “Randulph refusing to drink the King’s health ‘over the water.'” George Cruikshank. 1842. The British Museum. #1978,U.2614. URL:

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