William Hone's early publications reflect contemporary interest and Radical Press support for Napoleon. Prior to Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo, William Hone issued the Buonaparte-phobia broadside in May of 1815. This was Hone's first parody publication, in the form of a newspaper, mocking the biting attacks on Napoleon by The Times' editor John Stoddart. On October 26, 1815, Hone published George Cruikshank's caricature Fast Colours. "The Royal Laundress Washing Boney's Court Dresses" is none other than the restored Bourbon monarch Louis XVIII, trying to wash the tricolor away while Napoleon ("Boney") watches from exile on St. Helena.  

In addition to his publishing activities, Hone faced imprisonment and court proceedings in 1817. His arrest on May 5 and subsequent incarceration until early July was satirized in Berenger's Kings Bench Prison, Staircase No. 7. For Sale … This Defective. Hone published anti-government pamphlets in the form of religious parodies. Three of his publications, The late John Wilkes's Catechism of a Ministerial Member, The Political Litany, Diligently Revised and The Sinecurist's Creed, or Belief, resulted in prosecution for blasphemy and profane and seditious libel. Hone defended himself using examples from his own antiquarian collection during three successive trials in December 1817. The caricature print attributed to Charles Williams, Law versus Humanity, or a Parody on British Liberty, depicts Hone's tribulations. His acquittal strengthened the Radical cause for a free press. The sheet music with illustration by George Cruikshank, Great Gobble Gobble Gobble, and Cruikshank's caricature print William the Conqueror, were published in 1818 to cleverly commemorate Hone's victory.


As early as 1816, Hone published caricature prints by George Cruikshank, which captured the economic oppression imposed by the government. The Property Tax For Ever!!! depicts Atkins as the "city MP feeling the pulse of his constituents." By the following year, the excesses of high government officials were publicized in the Bags Nodle's Feast broadside satirizing Lord High Chancellor Eldon. In 1819, The Bank Restriction Barometer and Bank Restriction Note were circulated by Hone and Cruikshank to promote cessation of hangings for passers of forged banknotes. Later that same year, Hone and Cruikshank collaborated on their most famous satirical parody, The Political House that Jack Built. This pamphlet exposed governmental oppression and also mocked religious corruption in its coda entitled "The Clerical Magistrate." George Cruikshank depicted the economic and social misery of the time in A Free Born Englishman!

The Radicals supported Queen Caroline during the King's unsuccessful attempt to divorce her in 1820. Hone published In Parliament. Dropt Clauses Out of the Bill, Against the Queen with equal space given to George IV's crimes. The Queen's Matrimonial Ladder, a clever Hone-Cruikshank collaborative pamphlet with toy ladder, depicts the stages in the King and Queen's relationship. A broadside in the form of an advertising poster, Flight of Signor My Jokey's Memory, mocks the principal witness at Queen Caroline's trial. In 1821, George Cruikshank's older brother Robert immortalized the free press and the Queen in All My Eye: See Hone's Eulogium on the Radical Press; a portrait of Caroline rests on a printing press.

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