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H Beard Print Collection

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    10th March 1805 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gillray, James, born 1757 - died 1815 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    hand coloured etching and aquatint, ink and wash on paper

  • Museum number:

    S.4638-2009

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Print entitled 'Uncorking Old Sherry'. William Pitt the Younger having returned as Prime Minister despite his ill health uncorks an exploding bottle of old sherry (Richard Brinsley Sheridan). The words released from the bottle represent Pitt's dislike of Sheridan's infrequent but long and 'invective' speeches. Pitt's return occurs after Addington's unpopular time in office. Addington is seen here as a spilt bottle of medicinal wine, whilst Sheridan's Whig Party members are shown are bottles of alcohol laid out on the House of Lords benches. Published in London by Hannah Humphrey.

Physical description

Etched and aquatinted hand coloured print entitled 'Uncorking Old Sherry'.

Place of Origin

London (published)

Date

10th March 1805 (made)

Artist/maker

Gillray, James, born 1757 - died 1815 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

hand coloured etching and aquatint, ink and wash on paper

Dimensions

Height: 38.8 cm Print size, Width: 28.8 cm Print size

Descriptive line

Print entitled 'Uncorking Old Sherry'. Published in London by Hannah Humphrey on 10th March 1805, Harry Beard Collection.

Materials

Paper; Printing ink; Wash

Techniques

Print-making; Aquatint; Painting; Hand-colouring; Etching (corroding)

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Prints; Scotland

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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