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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:

    1794-1807 (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.685:25-2014

  • 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 44 and 45 respectively, number 44 depicts a mother and daughter, facing each other in profile across a table. The mother is seated and is swarthy to the point of having a beard. She points in an accusatory manner at the younger woman, who appears to be pregnant and stands warily, holding a fan. Under the table sits a large crow exclaiming 'Oh too bad', with one foot raised, looking back at the older woman as if waiting for a command. Lettered with title and the original publisher's name and address.

The second print on the same page is entitled 'And Would'st Thou Turn the Vile Reproach on Me?' and depicts a disfigured man with a long snout-like face, seated in a chair, eagerly addressing a forlorn pregnant woman. Behind them is a bare fireplace and two pictures on the wall, one depicting a cock and hen squaring up to one another, and the second depicting an emaciated horse. Lettered with title, artist's initials, and the original publisher's name and address.

Place of Origin

Britain (printed)

Date

1794-1807 (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 Nov 1st 1794 by H Humphrey,No. 37 New Bond Street
Lettered underneath plate 44

London Publishd Feby 22nd 1807 by H Humphrey, 27 St James's Street
Lettered above plate 45

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

Dispute; Elderly; Crows; Ugly; Birds; Pregnancy

Categories

Prints; Satire; Caricatures & Cartoons

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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