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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:

    1803-5 (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.685:24-2014

  • 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 42 and 43 respectively, number 42 depicts Henry Addington, squatting over a cocked hat full of papers reading place names (Guadeloupe, Martinique, St. Domingo, Cape of Good Hope, Egypt, and Malta). A thin and gaunt Napoleon holds him by the neck-tie and brandishes a sabre as long as his own body. Addington pleads with him, 'Pray, do not insist upon Malta! I shall certainly be turned out!'. On the right, the French General, Antoine-François Andréossy, holds his nose and grabs for the hat. Lettered with title, captions, and the original publisher's name and address.

The second print on the same page is entitled 'Palemon and Lavinia' and depicts a two figures in a field on either side of a stile. One is a youngish man, fumbling in his pocket with one hand and holding a pitchfork in the other. He grins fixedly at a hideous woman crouching in a dress and bonnet, who slyly regards him with a knowing look. Lettered with title, artist's initials, caption, and the original publisher's name and address.

Place of Origin

Britain (printed)

Date

1803-5 (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 Feb 9th 1803 by H Humphrey, St James's Street
Lettered underneath plate 42

London Publishd Jany 23rd 1805 by H Humphrey, No. 27 St James's Street
Lettered underneath plate 43

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

Subjects depicted

Sexuality; Leaders; Generals; Stiles; Sabres; Rural; Colonialism; Tricorne; Pitchforks; Spurs

Categories

Prints; Satire; Caricatures & Cartoons

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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