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A Peep into LADY W'''''Y'S Seraglio

  • Object:

    Printing Plate

  • Place of origin:

    England (etched)
    England (published)

  • Date:

    1779-1782 (etched)
    19/04/1782 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gillray, James, born 1757 - died 1815 (etcher)
    Humphrey, W (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    etched copper printing plate

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr C. H. Perry

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case EDUC, shelf 9, box H

Physical description

A double-sided etched printer's copper plate; Showing:
'A Peep into LADY W'''''Y'S Seraglio'; A satirical cartoon of a group of men on a stairway, queuing to peep through a wall to look at a woman and her lover in bed, the husband being cuckolded. Each man in contemporaneous costume, with hats and wigs. Featuring speech bubbles (in English) with satirical comment, all seen in reverse.

‘APOTHECARIES_TAYLORS, &c. Conquering FRANCE and SPAIN’; A satirical cartoon of drunken men dining at a table, with a dog jumping up at it. With speech bubbles (in English).

Place of Origin

England (etched)
England (published)


1779-1782 (etched)
19/04/1782 (published)


Gillray, James, born 1757 - died 1815 (etcher)
Humphrey, W (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

etched copper printing plate

Marks and inscriptions

'A Peep into LADY W'''''Y'S Seraglio'
Titled, below image.

Titled (on the opposite side), below image.

Also numerous speech bubbles (in English).


Height: 26.5 cm, Width: 37.2 cm, Depth: 1 mm plate thickness max, Depth: 7 mm plate bent in one corner to depth max

Descriptive line

Double-sided etched copper plate. James Gillray, published by W. Humphrey. A Peep into LADY W'''''Y'S Seraglio, and on the back, APOTHECARIES_TAYLORS, &c. Conquering FRANCE and SPAIN, 1782 & 1779 respectively




Etching (printing process)

Subjects depicted

Men; Spying; Woman; Georgian; Dog; Lover; Table; Bedroom; Cuckold; Satire; Love; Hat


Prints; Tools & Equipment; Caricatures & Cartoons; Printmaking techniques


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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