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Prints - James Gillray : The Suppressed Plates
  • James Gillray : The Suppressed Plates
    Gillray, James, born 1757 - died 1815
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James Gillray : The Suppressed Plates

  • Object:

    Prints

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (printed)

  • Date:

    1791 (first published)
    ca. 1850 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gillray, James, born 1757 - died 1815 (artist)
    Bohn, Henry George, born 1796 - died 1884 (publisher)
    Humphrey, Hannah (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Print on wove paper

  • Credit Line:

    Gift from the Ministry of Justice

  • Museum number:

    E.685:11-2014

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Two plates from an album containing 45 numbered prints on wove paper, the majority printed two per page, recto only. Numbered 17 and 18 respectively, number 18 depicts a large cracked chamber pot, supported by the legs of Dorothea Jordan, actress, and future mistress to King William IV. The Duke of Clarence has thrust himself into the vessel head first, with only his legs remaining outside a large fissure in the side of the pot. He is wearing striped sailor's trousers, and a naval coat hangs on the wall in the background. Lettered with title, short caption, and the original publisher's name, date, and address.

The second print on the same page is entitled 'Patience on a Monument' and depicts a monument in the form of a pyramid in bas relief against a high stone wall. Lady Cecilia Johnstone is seated in profile on the front of the pyramid. She is gaunt and thin, clutching a torn sheet of paper reading 'Tranquility'. Behind her is a cupid pinching his nose and he is holding a flaming torch. On the ground to the right are bones and two human skulls which gaze towards the sitter. Lettered with an eight line inscription entitled 'Vide St Cecilia's Day', title, and original publisher's name and address.

Place of Origin

Britain (printed)

Date

1791 (first published)
ca. 1850 (printed)

Artist/maker

Gillray, James, born 1757 - died 1815 (artist)
Bohn, Henry George, born 1796 - died 1884 (publisher)
Humphrey, Hannah (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Print on wove paper

Marks and inscriptions

Pubd. Nov1st, 1791, by H. Humphrey, No. 18 Old Bond Street
Lettered underneath plate 17

Pubd. Sept 19th 1791, by H. Humphrey, No. 18 Old Bond Street
Lettered underneath plate 18

Dimensions

Height: 63.5 cm, Width: 48.3 cm Sheet

Descriptive line

Two plates from an album of 40 'suppressed' caricatures featuring sexual, scatalogical and politically outrageous subject matter by James Gillray (1756-1815). Issued mid-19th century.

Materials

Wove paper

Techniques

Printing; Engraving

Subjects depicted

Chamber pots; Cupids; Skulls; Pyramids; Monuments

Categories

Prints; Satire; Caricatures & Cartoons

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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