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A Connoisseur Examining a Cooper

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (printed)

  • Date:

    1792 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching and hand-colouring

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 72, box C

Physical description

A hand-coloured etching. A caricature of George III peering at a portrait miniature of Oliver Cromwell

Place of Origin

England (printed)


1792 (printed)


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

Materials and Techniques

Etching and hand-colouring


Height: 26.5 cm, Width: 20 cm, Height: 53.2 cm, Width: 20 cm

Descriptive line

James Gillray,caricature showing George III looking at a portrait miniature, etching coloured by hand

Labels and date

Gillray shows George III peering short-sightedly at a famous portrait miniature of Oliver Cromwell by Samuel Cooper. His caricature plays on fears aroused by the French Revolution, using the image of Cromwell to confront the king with the spectre of republicanism in Britain []


Etching; Hand-colouring

Subjects depicted

Miniatures (paintings); Candles


Caricatures & Cartoons; Prints; Royalty


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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