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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:

    1796 (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:

    Engravings on wove paper

  • Credit Line:

    Gift from the Ministry of Justice

  • Museum number:

    E.685:19-2014

  • 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 33 and 34 respectively, number 33 depicts The Prince of Wales, overweight and large-chested, wearing a nightcap, dressing gown and slippers, being led into the bed chamber of Lady Jersey by Lord Jersey himself. On the back of the open door to the room is a map of Jersey. Lettered with titles, short captions, artist's initials, and the original publisher's name and address.

The second print on the same page is entitled 'The Jersey Smuggler detected' and depicts the Princess of Wales, holding a candle, approaching the bed of the Prince of Wales. The Prince holds up his hands in dismay as he has been caught with Lady Jersey, who is asleep with her arms around the Prince's neck. On the wall is a map reading 'Map of the road back to Brunswick'. In the background, in an adjacent room, is a sleeping baby in a cradle ornamented with the Prince's feathers. Lettered with titles and the original publisher's name and address.

Place of Origin

Britain (printed)

Date

1796 (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

Engravings on wove paper

Marks and inscriptions

Pubd. May 25th 1796 by H Humphrey, New Bond Street
Lettered underneath plate 33

Pubd May 24th 1796 by H Humphrey, New Bond Street
Lettered underneath plate 34

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.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

The separation of the Prince and Princess and the part taken by Lady Jersey in the affair was well-known and a subject of intense public interest, reflected in the number of times the story was caricatured by Gillray. Aside from the two depicted on this page, see also 'Sketches from Nature!', 'Future Prospects or Symptoms of Love in High Life', 'Fashionable Jockeyship', 'The Odd Trick', and 'Enchantments lately seen upon the Mountains of Wales', among others.

Materials

Wove paper

Techniques

Printing

Subjects depicted

Kings; Bedrooms; Sexuality; Marriages; Queens; Princes; Beds

Categories

Prints; Satire; Caricatures & Cartoons

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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