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Gillray, James (1756 - 1815)

Gillray, James (1756 - 1815)

James Gillray was the leading caricaturist of the late eighteenth century, and is generally recognised as the father of the political cartoon. Gillray worked exclusively for Hannah Humphrey, the younger sister of William Humphrey of Gerrard Street. Gillray's engravings helped Humphrey become London's leading print-seller. In 1793, Gillray starting living in a room above Hannah Humphrey's shop in Old Bond Street. He also accompanied her when she moved to new premises in 1794 (New Bond Street) and 1797 (St James's Street). Gillray appears to have held liberal views in his youth but after 1793 he became a supporter of William Pitt and the Tories. When a friend asked Gillray why his prints were so critical of the Whigs he replied: "they are poor, they do not buy my prints and I must draw on the purses of the larger parties." Gillray's cartoons were especially critical of Radicals such as Charles Fox.

Cartoons for sale:

  Pacific-Overtures,-or-A Flight from St Cloud's-"Over the Water to Charley."-A new dramatic peace now rehearsing.
  • Pacific-Overtures,-or-A Flight from St Cloud's-"Over the Water to Charley."-A new ...
    5th April 1806
  • £1950
  • 39cm x 20cm
  • Original Print
  • George III Napoleon Bonaparte Talleyrand Fox William Pitt ...

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  An Old Encore at the Opera!
  • An Old Encore at the Opera!
    1st April 1803
  • £325
  • 20cm x 26cm
  • Print
  A standing dish at Boodles
  • A standing dish at Boodles
    28th May 1800
  • £385
  • 23cm x 16cm
  • Print
  Smelling out a rat - or The Atheistical-Revolutionist disturbed in his Midnight Calculations.
  • Smelling out a rat - or The Atheistical-Revolutionist disturbed in his Midnight Calculations.
    3rd Dec. 1790
  • £145
  • 35cm x 25cm
  • Print
  • Bohn Edition numbered 45 Printed 1848

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  “The Friend of the People.” & his Petty-New-Tax-Gatherer, Paying John Bull a visit.
  • “The Friend of the People.” & his Petty-New-Tax-Gatherer, Paying John Bull a visit.
    28th May 1806
  • £185
  • 22cm x 31cm
  • Copper plate
  • Produced for Draper Hill's publication on Gillray ...

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  Light expelling Darkness
  • Light expelling Darkness
    30th April 1795
  • £2350
  • 44cm x 35cm
  • Original Print
  • William Pitt cartoon.

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  Caption Displayed
  • Caption Displayed, 1804
  • £375
  • 20cm x 26cm
  • Print
  • Includes autograph of

    the subject of the cartoon ...

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  SOLD
  • SOLD, 1809
  • 36cm x 25cm
  • Print
  SOLD
  • SOLD, 1806
  • 34cm x 22cm
  • Print

The Price of our original cartoons include acid free mount and gilt frame.

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