Generally accepted to be the greatest of all English Caricaturists, and the recent exhibition at the Tate Gallery in London, showed the range of his work.
Initially he worked for a number of different publishers, but from the 1790’s he worked exclusively for Humphreys.
Record prices, (up to £12,000 for the “Plum Pudding”), have recently been made, many will sell for £1000 and upwards. Most of the Gillray images on the market come from the mid 19th century re-printings, have recent colour and are of low value. None of these later printings will be sold on this site.
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|James Gillray. THE MILITARY CARICATURIST.
Published December 6th 1799 by H. Humphrey No 29 St James’s Street - London.
9¾ x 13¾. Original colour with reasonable margins and a printers crease lower left. There is a partial watermark that appears to be 1800.
Beneath the title is, “__his Satires are as keen as the Back of a Rasor; _ and having but Three Ideas in the World, Two of them are borrow’d, _ & the Third, nobody else would own.”________ General Davies was a well-known amateur reputed to have spoken slightingly of Gillray. Here he is shown as an ungainly figure with a folio of caricatures under his arm and crude caricature prints on the wall. A bottle of a quack remedy is on the table, and below is a folder ‘Hints from Bunbury; Mat… Darly – Lord Townsend ..’
B. M. 9442.
|James Gillray. “TIRAILLEUR FRANCAIS, ET CHEVAU LEGER DE L’ARMEE DU PACHA DE RHODES” – EVOLUTIONS OF FRENCH MOUNTED RIFLEMEN.
Published March 12th 1799 by H. Humphrey. St James s Street.
14 x 10. Original colour with large margins and a watermark of 1794. Slight surface marks.
The Turk is on a magnificent horse, while the French soldier is about to be thrown off by his mount which is a donkey.
B. M. 9359.
|James Gillray. THE CROWN & ANCHOR LIBEL, BURNT BY THE PUBLIC HANGMAN;
Published November 28th 1795, by H. Humphrey N 37 New Bond Street.
13¾ x 9¾. Original colour with small margins. Some wear in the corners where this item was stuck into an album.
Pitt, as the Public Hangman, throws a book onto the fire. Fox, Sheridan and Erskine blow at the fire. Reeves, the founder of the Crown and Anchor Society can be seen going into the door of the tavern. Pitt says, “Know, villains, when such paltry slaves presume To mix in Treason, if the plot succeeds. You’re thrown neglected by: – but if it fails, You’re sure to die like dogs!--”
B. M. 8699.
|James Gillray. WHA WANTS ME ?
Published June 2nd 1792 by H. Humphrey N. 18 Old Bond Street.
8¾ x 10¾. Original colour with reasonable margins, (tear on the right margin but not reaching the plate mark).
Pitt sits on a pot, ‘Extracts from the Treasury’ and hides under the voluminous tartan plaid which Dundas is wearing. This illustration is based on an ironic speech by Courtenay in the debate on the ‘Proclamation against Seditious Writing’ which took place on May 25th. He ridiculed Dundas for his, “accommodating disposition” towards Pitt, comparing him to, an officer who paraded the streets of Edinburgh at night with a large cloak, vociferating at the corner of every alley, ‘Wha wants me’ A ballad with the same name was sung for months on the Edinburgh streets.
B. M. 8103.
|James Gillray. TAMING OF THE SHREW: KATHARINE & PETRUCHIO; THE MODERN QUIXOTTE, OR, WHAT YOU WILL.
Published April 20th 1791 by S. W. Fores Piccadilly.
15¾ x 9¾. Original colour on laid paper with good margins. Old vertical fold just behind Pitt.
This is a satire on the foreign policy of Pitt who is seen here, (as in many other satires), accused of usurping the power of the throne. Pitt is on the worn out Horse of Hanover; behind him are Prussia, Holland and Spain. Catherine of Russia is supported by the Emperor Leopold and by France.
B. M. 7845.
|James Gillray. A PEEP AT CHRISTIES; - OR – TALLY – H0, & HIS NIMENEY – PIMMENEY TAKING THE MORNING LOUNGE.
Published September 24th 1796 by H. Humphrey New Bond Street.
10 x 14. Original colour, plate mark visible on three sides and trimmed to the plate mark on the top. Two closed tears on the right hand side one just going into the image, with some stains.
Set in Christies auctioneers. The diminutive Earl of Derby is accompanied by his mistress and future wife Elizabeth Farren. They are looking at a Fox Hunting painting called “The Death”. This is a cruel reference to the illness of wife.
B. M. 8888.
|James Gillray. BUONAPARTE, 48 HOURS AFTER LANDING !__Vide. John Bulls Home-stroke Armed en Masse.
Published July 26th 1803 by H. Humphrey St James’s Street.
10 x 13¾. Original colour with reasonable margins. Some thin areas of paper noticeable on the reverse. There are slight abrasions in the clouds two inches on the right of Napoleons head.
This relates to the recent Military Service Bill to raise local defence forces.
John says, “Ha my little Boney! What dost think of Johnny Bull now? Plunder Old England, hay?- make French Slaves of us all! Hay? – ravish all our Wives & Daughters, hay?.....”
B. M. 10041.
|James Gillray. THE MAGNANIMOUS MINISTER, CHASTISING PRUSSIAN PERFIDY.
Published May 2nd 1806 by H. Humphrey 27 St James’s Street.
13¾ x 9½. Original colour and trimmed to the outside of the border. Top right a reinforced weak area of paper as this has been stuck into an album.
Fox threatens the cowering Frederick William of Prussia. This is a satire on Fox’s speech of April 23rd about the King’s message excluding British ships from all ports controlled by Prussia. Fox’s expressions of loyalty were high flown.
B. M. 10560.
|James Gillray. Sketch of the Interior of St. Stephens, as it now Stands.
Published March 1st 1802. by H. Humphrey, 27 St. James’s Street.
10 x 14. Original colour with very small margins.
Addington stands in the House. Abbott is the Speaker.
This is a satire on the inadequacy of the Ministry.
B. M. 9843.
|James Gillray. FORTUNE HUNTING.
Published, November 20th 1804 by H. Humphrey, No. 27 St. James’s Street, London.
15 x 10. Original colour with small margins. Old glue marks and slight damage on both right hand corners. On paper with a partial watermark of 1804.
An elderly fat gentleman is having his fortune told by a ragged old gipsy. Behind him, another gipsy is picking his pocket. Further into the woods is the groom who is also having his fortune told, this time by a very attractive young girl. Whilst the groom is thus occupied, so a young boy is rifling the contents of the bags on the horse.
B. M. 10301.
|James Gillray. GLORIOUS RECEPTION OF THE AMBASSADOR OF PEACE, ON HIS ENTRY INTO PARIS.
Published October 28th 1796 by H. Humphrey 37 New Bond Street.
13½ x 9½. Original colour, trimmed to the engraved line at the edge of the engraved image. Slight creasing.
Cheering French men and women surround Lord Malmesbury who is in a coach drawn by four wretched horses. Two fishwives have entered the coach to embrace Malmesbury who holds up his hands in horror.
Although this incident took place outside Paris the papers reported it as happening in the city. The Directory judged that this welcome was untimely and took measures to prevent a repetition and thus the drive through Paris was quiet.
B. M. 8828.
|James Gillray. Political Amusements for Young Gentlemen. – or, - The Old Brentford Shuttlecock, between Old Sarum & the Temple of St. Steevens.
Published March 15th 1801, by H. Humphrey, 27 St. James’s Street.
14¼ x 10. Original colour with reasonable margins.
Horne Tooke is the shuttlecock that Lord Temple and Lord Camelford are hitting. The feathers of the shuttlecock say; Deceit, Vanity, Jacobinism, New Morality, Envy.
Lord Camelford owned a borough with only seven electors, and thus could determine who would become the member, he decided on Horne Tooke. Lord Temple opposed his return to Parliament on the basis that as a member of the clergy he was barred from the Commons. Horne Tooke claimed that as he was no longer a vicar, and as he was now a layman that he should take his seat. Behind Temple is the door of St. Steevens and the opposition benches can be seen.
|James Gillray. A GREAT MAN OF THE TURF – or – Sir Solomon in all his Glory.
Published July 7th 1803.by H. Humphrey, 27, St James’s Street.
10 x 13¾. Original colour with small margins. There is, in the top right corner, a repair, which is just touching the grey wash area.
‘Sir Solomon’ was a noted race horse. The standing figure is the Duke of Bedford.
B. M. 10164.
|James Gillray. FRENCH HABITS. No. 2. Les Membres du Conseil des Anciens.
Published April 18th 1798. by H. Humphrey 27 St. James’s Street.
7½ x 10¼. Original colour with small margins. Slight creasing top left corner.
Landsdowne, Norfolk and Grafton are wearing the dress of the Conseil des Anciens.
B. M. 9197.
|James Gillray. A STANDING DISH AT BOODLES.
Published May 28th 1800 by H. Humphrey 27 St. James’s Street.
8 x 9¾. Original colour and large margins.
This aquatint shows Sir Frank Standish of Duxberry, Lancashire sitting in the windows of Boodles, St. James’s Street.
The amateur watercolour for this image is in the Print Room, and Gillray has made some changes, but not as many as he often did.
B. M. 9563.
|James Gillray. PATRIOTS deciding a Point of Honor! - or – an exact Representation of the celebrated Rencontre which took place at Combe -Wood on May 2nd 1807 – between Little – Paul the Taylor, & Sir Francis Goose.
Published May 4th 1807 by H. Humphrey, 27 St. James Street.
9½ x 13½. Original colour, trimmed to the image.
A duel between a goose, with the head of Burdett and Paull dressed as a tailor. Both pistols have been fired, the bullets hitting both on their legs. Burdett is saying; What must I be out! – a Taylor get in, to Parliament! – You’re a Liar! – I never said that I would sit as Chairman on your Shopboard!!!
To which Paull replies; a Liar1 – Sir I’m a Taylor & a Gentleman! – and I must have Satisfaction!
Between the two duellists lie two papers, ‘Sir Francis Goose’s letter to the Electors at the Crown & Anchor’ and ‘Mr Pauls Advertisements’. In the foreground near Paull lies a (green) bag disgorging a bundle of papers inscribed Westminster Election Paul, beside it are a cabbage and cucumbers with two papers; ‘Dangers of indulging Political Envy by Sir F… Goose’ and ‘Cobbetts Charature of Paul the Taylor May 2nd 1807’.
|James Gillray. LE BAISER A LA WIRTEMBOURG.
Published April 15th 1797 by H. Humphrey New Bond Street & St. James’s Street.
10½ x 14½. Original colour with large margins. A mark from an old mount around the outside of the image.
The Prince of Wirtemberg is kissing the Princess Royal on the right cheek. Beneath the title is: “Heav’n grant their Happiness complete,
And may they make both Ends to meet; in these hard times.”
B. M. 9006.
|James Gillray. Inspecting a Volunteer Corps, in Hyde Park.
Published December 4th 1803, by H. Humphrey, 27- St. James’s Street - London.
10¼ x 8. Original colour, with large margins, on paper with a watermark of 1811.
The Earl of Harrington sits erect on horseback in profile, his left leg thrust out awkwardly. He is wearing a huge cocked hat and a full-skirted coat. In the background ranks of infantrymen are freely sketched, they are firing their muskets and are partially concealed by clouds of smoke. Harrington (1753 – 1829) was gazetted general in 1803.
|James Gillray. THE WOUNDED LION.
Published July 16th 1805. by H. Humphrey 27 St James’s Street.
14¼ x 10¼. Original colour. Thread margins at the sides and trimmed onto/within the plate mark at the top and bottom.
The lion has the face and wig of Melville and he is being fired at by St. Vincent. Some of the blast strikes Britannia in the heart she leans against the tree. Wilberforce is the monkey sitting on the tree on the left and from his backside comes a blast of “Cant!-Envy!-Abuse!-Hypocrisy!-Cruelty!” The lion is also attacked by a fox and a serpent which has the head of Grey.
Melville was being attacked for his implication in the financial scandal that had seen navy funds misused by Trotter who was the Paymaster of the Navy.
B. M. 10421.
|James Gillray. The State Waggoner and John Bull – or – The Waggon too much for the Donkeys----
Published by H. Humphrey, 27, St. James’s Street, London. March 14th 1804.
14½ x 10½. Original colour, with small margins, small tear centre bottom not reaching the image.
The title continues: together with, a distant view of the New Coalition among Johnny’s Old Horses.
The cart labelled The British State Waggon 1804 is stuck fast in the mud, as are the eight asses that were trying to pull the cart. This is a satire on the dangerous incompetence of Government, especially in defence and finance, and on the prospect of a new Ministry.
B. M. 10232.
|James Gillray. Dreadful Hot Weather.
Published February 10th 1808. By H. Humphrey. 27 St. James’s Street.
8 x 10. Original colour, trimmed to the engraved boarder, with slight marks.
One of the Gillray Weather series.
B. M. 11095.
|James Gillray. A PEEP INTO THE CAVE OF JACOBINISM.
Published Sept.1st 1798 by J. Wright, 169 Picadilly for the "Anti-Jacobin Review".
10 x 7 ½. Uncoloured, small margins with the usual folds, as it is an image from the "Anti-Jacobin Review". Very slight staining.
Here "Truth" comes forward holding her torch, which shines on "Jacobinism", who is shown as a creature with scaly legs and a long serpent tail.
|James Gillray. BILLY THE GAMEKEEPER. – W. S.
(Publish’d April 23rd 1810. by H. Humphrey 27 St James’s Street.)
10 x 14. Original colour with large margins.
This was after a design by R. Frankland. The gamekeeper has not been identified. This example is before the publication line has been added.
B. M. 11592.
|James Gillray. POSTING in IRELAND.
Published by H. Humphrey St. James’s Street. April 8th 1805.
15¼ x 11¾. Trimmed onto/within the plate mark, on watermarked paper with a small tear top left, just reaching the picture area. Slight crinkling of the paper.
This is after a design by C. Lorraine Smith, and fits into the genre of London based caricatures of the Irish. With original colour. The script beneath reads; “Forward immediately your Honour; But sure a’nt I waiting for the Girl with the Poker, just to give this Mare a burn your Honour, tis just to make her start your Honour!”
B. M. 10478.
James Gillray. POSTING IN SCOTLAND.
Published by H. Humphrey St. James’s Street. May 25th 1805.
14¾ x 11¼. Trimmed onto/within the plate mark, with original colour.
This is a design by C. Lorraine Smith, and fits into the genre of London based caricatures of the Scots, a pair to the above.
The script beneath reads; “_Hald your Haund Mun, hald your haund! – en troth mun: en gin you na mind yoursel youl just make the Muckle Laird coupeing his creels.”_
B. M. 10479.
£900. The pair.
|James Gillray. THE UNION CLUB.
Published Jan 21st 1801 by H. Humphrey St. James’s Street.
17½ x 12. Original colour and trimmed onto the plate mark with a thin acid free backing has been added to enable the print to be handled without touching the image.
The famous image of the dinner to celebrate, 'The Union'. Gillray has turned a convivial dinner into a debauch, with drunken politicians and even the Prince of Wales lying in a drunken state on the floor underneath the table.
B. M. 9699.
|James Gillray. FARMER GILES & HIS WIFE shewing off their daughter Betty to their Neighbours, on her return from Schools.
Publish’d January 1st 1809. by H. Humphrey, 27 St James’s Street.
18¼ x 12¼. Original colour, trimmed onto/within the plate mark but outside the image. A small paper loss on one of the curtains, which has been repaired.
Gillray etched this image after a design by an amateur, possibly Col. Braddyll. Although Gillray has elaborated the faces and made the room more fashionable. (The original watercolour is in the print room of the B.M.).
B. M. 11444.
|James Gillray. Meeting of the Monied Interest.
Published December 13th 1798 by H. Humphrey 27 St James’s Street.
14½ x 10¼. Original colour with very small margins.
A ragged Fox is surrounded by his supporters. The proclamation he holds says, “Ruination – New Tax one Tenth of Income & Property, to Support the accursed War, of the Infamous Minister.”
B. M. 9282
|James Gillray. ONE OF THE ADVANTAGES OF A LOW CARRIAGE.
Published June 1st 1801, by Humphrey.
14 x 10. Original colour with large margins. A tear top right going into the border but not touching the image area.
The fat countrywomen has been frightened by the dog, she has fallen face first onto the ground and caused the horse to stop and the ensuing accident to the carriage.
B. M. 9767.
|James Gillray. “Be gone dull Care, - I prithee begone from Me !
Published June 16th 1801 by H. Humphrey 27 St. James’s Street.
10¾ x 8¾. Original colour. Trimmed to the border and slight crinkling in the corners.
One of the satires that Gillray produced from an idea sent to him. Thus the ‘P.F.L.B: fect.’ Just to the left of the title.
On the wall the words on the poster are “List of the Tythes from the Parish of Guttle down”.
Not in the B. M.
|James Gillray. VENUS ATTIRED BY THE GRACES.
Published December 8th 1800 by H. Humphrey St. James’s Street.
13¾ x 9½. Original colour. Trimmed onto/within the plate mark but outside the border. Slight creasing top corners.
According to the entry in the B. M. volume this was “said to be a satire on some (vulgar fashionable).”
B. M. 9587.
|James Gillray. HOW TO RIDE WITH ELEGANCE THRO’ THE STREETS.
Published April 8th 1800, by H. Humphrey. 27 St James’s Street, London.
10 x 13¼. Original colour with small margins. Slight brown marks on both sides, slightly noticeable against the light blue background.
Montague Mathew, second son of the first earl of Landaff, an Irish peer of Thomastown. (The family is not to be confused with another of the Herefordshire Mathews, although there is believed to be some connection between the families).
B. M. 9560.
|James Gillray. A PAIR OF POLISHED GENTLEMEN.
Published March 10th 1801 by H. Humphrey, 27 St James’s Street.
10 x 14. Original colour with reasonable margins although there are marks outside the image mainly caused by an old mount.
Skeffington and Montague Mathew who often strolled up and down St. James’s Street in highly polished boots.
B. M. 9755.
|James Gillray. Duke Williams Ghost.
Published May 7th 1799 by H. Humphrey 27, St James’s Street.
14¼ x 10¼. Original colour with small margins. Some browning of the paper, though mainly around the outside of the image – resulting from the glue on the verso where it was stuck around the edges onto a backing sheet.
The drunk Prince of Wales lies on the bed, while the ghost of his great uncle, (William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland [1721-65]), who is naked and very fat and holds up an hour glass where the sand has almost run out, to warn the Prince of his drinking.
B. M. 9381.
|James Gillray. A COCKNEY & HIS WIFE GOING TO WYCOMBE.
Published June 10th 1805 by H. Humphrey 27. St. James’s Street.
14 x 10. Original colour and trimmed to the border.
The words next to the title explain that however much he tried, and however much he whipped the horse it would not go above a walk.
B. M. 10471.
|James Gillray. THEATRICAL MANDICANTS, RELIEVED.
Published January 15th 1809 by H. Humphrey St James’s Street.
14 x 10¼. Original colour with large margins. Marks and a tear in the margins, but half an inch from the plate mark. Slight crinkling.
The Duke of Northumberland stands at the door of his house in the Strand and holds out a ‘Draft for 10,000 Pounds’ to Kemble who has his brother Charles and his sister Mrs Siddons behind him.
Covent Garden Theatre was burnt down in September 1808
B. M. 11413.
|James Gillray. NO POPERY OR NEWGATE REFORMER.
Published as the Act Directs, June 9th 1780 by I. Catch of St Giles’s.
8 x 10½. Uncoloured on laid paper and trimmed just outside the image. Slight loss top left corner. Slight marks.
The words ‘Down with the Bank’ issue from his mouth and behind him Newgate is in flames.
Beneath the title is
“Tho’ He says he’s a Protestant, look at the Print,
The face and the Bludgeon will give you a hint,
Religion he cries, in hopes to deceive,
While his practices is only to burn and to thieve.”
B. M. 5679.
|James Gillray. THE GORDON-KNOT, - or – The Bonny Duchess hunting the Bedfordshire Bull.
Published April 19th 1797 by H. Humphrey New Bond & St. James’s Street.
14 x 10. Original colour with large margins. A faint old horizontal centre fold.
The Duchess of Gordon holds a ribbon inscribed ‘Matrimony’ as she chases after the bull. Behind her are her daughters.
The Duchess was renowned for her match making, in acquiring three dukes and a marquis for four of her five poorly endowed daughters.
B. M. 9084.
|James Gillray. THE NABOB RUMBLED OR A LORD ADVOCATES AMUSEMENT.
Published January 21st 1783 by E. D’Archery St. James’s Street. (The printing is faint above the image).
8¼ x 7½. Uncoloured on wove paper and trimmed onto/within the plate mark.
A shackled Sir Thomas Rumbold, who was regarded as a typical nabob of fabulous and ill gotten wealth spews guineas into a large pot held by Dundas. He was prosecuted in the Commons in May 1782 but the prosecution was dropped at the end of the following year.
In the background another nabob with his Indian servant rides away on an elephant with a very large bag of ‘Roupees’.
B. M. 6169.
|James Gillray. THE IMPEACHMENT – or – The Father of the Gang turned Kings Evidence.
Published May 1791 by S. W. Fores. No3 Piccadilly.
15¾ x 12½. Uncoloured on laid paper with large margins. A slight vertical printers crease.
Sheridan and Fox are the prisoners, while Burke towers above them holding each by the hair.
This satire relates to the debate on May 6th on the Quebec Bill. This developed into an attack by Burke on revolutionary France and Fox’s support. Burke announced that his friendship with Fox was at an end. Burke’s words start with, “Behold the abettors of Revolutions, see the authors of Plots & conspiracies & take cognizance of the enemies of both Church & State;-….”
B. M. 7861.
|James Gillray. HET COMMITTEE VAN KOOPHANDEL EN ZEEVAART.
No publication line, but published by Humphrey in 1796.
8½ x 10¾. Uncoloured, printed in red on wove paper with large margins and a watermark of ‘94’
This is plate 6 from the series of twenty published as ‘Hollandia Regenerata’
The French had replaced the old Five Admiralties with a Committee of Marine. There were great problems in manning ships on account of the stagnation of trade.
B. M. 8851.
|James Gillray. HET COMMITTEE VAN ALGEMEEN WAAKZAAMHEID.
No publication line, but published by Humphrey in 1796.
8½ x 10¾. Uncoloured and printed in red ink on wove paper with good margins.
The translation of the title is ‘Committee of Public Vigilance’. Here even the cock has been decapitated so as not to disturb the weary members.
B. M. 8853.
|James Gillray. PLAYING IN PARTS.
Published May 15th 1801, by H. Humphrey No 27, St James’s Street.
14½ x 10¼. Original colour and trimmed onto/within the plate mark and carefully set into an album sheet, (but into a cut out area so all of the back of the print is visible).
The design is based on another Gillray image (‘Ars Musica’, B. M. 9586), but much altered and elaborated.
The howling dog may give an idea of the performance of these amateur musicians.
In the later Bohn reprints this image was included in the so-called ‘Suppressed plates’, only because of the officers sword raising the skits of the fat lady on the right.
B. M. 9766.
|James Gillray. AN OLD MAID ON A JOURNEY.
Published November 20th 1804, by H. Humphrey, 27 St James’s Street.
15½ x 10½. Original colour and trimmed onto the plate mark. Slight indentations in the corners as this has been stuck into an album.
An ugly elderly lady arrives at an Inn. This is reputed to be Miss Banks, whose collection of prints was given to the B.M. by her brother, Sir Joseph.
B. M. 10300.
|James Gillray. MORNING PROMMENADE UPON THE CLIFF, BRIGHTON.
Published January 24th 1806 by H. Humphrey, 27 St James’s – Street.
21½ x 14. Original colour and trimmed onto/within the plate mark. The blue/green of the sea has become somewhat brown, probably because of sunlight.
Three groups of gaily-dressed young women are showing off the fashion for riding donkeys. At the top the three groups are inscribed, ‘Kicking-Set; Active Set, Passive Set’.
B. M. 10638.
|James Gillray. MIDDLESEX – ELECTION. 1804 –
Published August 7th 1804, by H. Humphrey. 27, St James’s Street.
20 x 14¼. Original colour with large margins. A tear on the left margins just entering the engraved area.
Horne Tooke drives the coach, which contains the scarcely caricatured Burdett. A ragged Fox is among those pulling the carriage along. Sheridan carries the flag, which shows Pitt whipping Britannia.
B. M. 10264.
|James Gillray. an Old English Gentleman pester’d by Servants wanting Places.
Published by H. Humphrey. May 16th 1809.
14¼ x 10. Original colour and trimmed onto within the plate mark.
George III with his, eyeglass, (a depiction, which Gillray had used before), looks at various contenders for office. The three Grevilles, bow low before the king, others present include, Lord Henry Petty, Cobbett, Horne Tooke, Moira, Erskine, Windham, Grey, Percival, Canning, Castlereagh and Liverpool. The King says, “Well Gentlemen, I have taken a peep at you all; but I am afraid that you wont do, for some of you are too Heavy & Broad-Bottom’d for Service, & the rest seem to have no Bottom at all. – so Gentlemen, I think I shall be content with my old Servants”.
B. M. 11330.
|James Gillray. THE SOUND OF THE HORN.
Published December 1st 1807 by H. Humphrey, 27 St. James’s Street.
14 x 9½. Original colour, trimmed to the image.
Even the frogs in the water seem surprised by the goings on.
B. M. 10803.
|James Gillray. WALTZER AU MOUCHER.
Published January 20th 1800, by H. Humphrey. 27, St. James’s Street.
7 x 9. Original colours with thread margins.
An interesting note regarding this image is that according to the ‘Encyclopaedia Britannica’ (11th ed.) the waltz was not introduced to English ballrooms until 1812.
B. M. 9583.
|James Gillray. A SQUALL.
Published May 16th 1810, by H. Humphrey. 27 St James’s Street.
14¾ x 10½. Original colour with good margins. Slight creasing.
This was after an amateur although Gillray has done his usual interpretation to make the image more extreme.
B. M. 11614.
|James Gillray. THE MAGNANIMOUS ALLY. – Painted at Petersburg. 1799.
Published September 17th 1799, by H. Humphrey, No 27 St James’s Street.
10 x 14½. Original colour with good margins.
An arrogant looking Paul I tramples on a flag of ‘Egalite’ Pitt had called him ‘magnanimous’ and in February 1800 Lady Holland had referred to him as “our magnanimous ally”
B. M. 9415.
|James Gillray. HOMER SINGING HIS VERSES TO THE GREEKS.
Published June 16th 1797, by H. Humphrey St. James’s Street.
14 x 10¼. Original colour with large margins.
Captain Morris sits on the left and Fox and Sheridan on the other side of the table and the latter says, “Come sing me a Bawdy Song, to make me merry”. In Morris’s pocket is, ‘Captain Morris’s Songs by Subscription’. A Greek was another word for a gambler or cardsharper.
B. M. 9023.
|James Gillray. PREPARING FOR THE GRAND ATTACK – or – A PRIVATE REHEARSAL OF THE CI-DEVANT MINISTRY IN DANGER.
Published December 4th 1801, by H. Humphrey 27 St. James’s Street.
13¾ x 10. Original colour and trimmed to the border. Small repaired tear in the second ‘the’ of the title.
Burdett making an extravagant speech against the war. Fox holds up the list of ‘Ministerial Crimes and Misdemeanours’ and is supported by Sheridan and Horne Tooke – the latter is wearing a bonnet rouge.
B. M. 9739.
|J. Gillray. VIEW OF THE HUSTINGS IN COVENT GARDEN – Vide. The Westminster Election, Nov. 1806.
Published December 15th 1806, by H. Humphrey. 27 St James’s Street. J. Budd. Pall Mall. & R. Bagshaw. Brydges Street.
13¾ x 10. Original colour with small margins top and bottom and trimmed onto/within the plate mark at the sides.
Sheridan was expected to win Fox’s old seat and his confidence was shattered when his first attempt to address the people was met by the crowd with such opposition that he had to leave unheard. This is the event, which Gillray has shown in his cruel caricature of Sheridan, is one of his fiercest while the other platform figures are scarcely caricatured. Sheridan did manage to win, but his victory was not the triumph he expected, this election was said to be the most humiliating experience of his political life.
B. M. 10619.
|James Gillray. A BIRMINGHAM TOAST, as given on the 14th of July, by the ------- Revolution Society.
Published July 23rd 1791, by S. W. Fores No 3 Piccadilly.
19½ x 10¾. Uncoloured on wove paper and trimmed onto/within the plate mark. A vertical centre fold and a small tear centre right just into the image.
Priestley standing proposes a treasonable toast and holding up an empty Communion dish says, “The ------Head, here!” Fox in the centre says, “My Soul & Body, both upon the Toast!!!” Others present include Sir Cecil Wray, Sheridan, Horne Tooke and Lindsay. On the 14th July the ‘Constitutional Society’ of Birmingham held a dinner for, “Any friend to freedom” and a seditious handbill appeared which the promoters disowned. Priestley was advised not to attend, and took this advice, however after the meeting finished a mob attacked the building, and then attacked Priestley’s house, burning his books and papers.
B. M. 7894.
|James Gillray. THE BULSTRODE SIREN.
Published April 14th 1803 by H. Humphrey, 27 St James’s Street.
10 x 13¾. Original colour and with small margins at the sides and trimmed onto/within the plate mark at the top and bottom.
The Duke of Portland and Mrs. Billington sit side by side. She sings and he listens ecstatically.
There is an earlier state of this print with the Duke having gouty legs.
B. M. 10168.
|James Gillray. MARKET-DAY.
Published May 2nd 1788 by S. W. Fores. No 3 Piccadilly.
17½ x 12¾. Uncoloured on laid paper. Thread margins at the bottom and left hand side. The other two sides are trimmed onto/within the plate mark. Some handling marks and slight creasing – mainly along the top.
Smithfield market with its cattle pens. The cattle on the right are favorable to Hastings, and those on the left are the opposition. Hastings is on the left on a run-down horse where he carries a calf with the profile of George III. Fox, Burke and Sheridan are being upended from a watchman’s box, while Pitt and Dundas calmly sit on a balcony ignoring the rumpus below.
B. M. 7310.
|James Gillray. A VESTAL OF 93, TRYING ON THE CESTUS OF VENUS.
Published April 29th 1793 by H. Humphrey. No. 18 Old Bond Street.
14¾ x 11¾. Original colour and good margins at the sides, but trimmed inside the plate mark at the top, (trimmed right up to the engraved area), and the bottom, (trimmed just below the lower line of text). False margins top and bottom.
Lady Cecilia Johnston shown as an old hag by Gillray who had previously had images unfavorable to her. It is also a satire on the ‘pads’ that became fashionable in 1793 although their main visual effect was to mimic pregnancy.
B. M. 8389.
|James Gillray. “EVERY ROGUE IS A COWARD.”
Published June 6th 1801 – by H. Humphrey No. 27 St. James’s Street.
14¼ x 10¼. Original colour with reasonable margins and slight marks.
The two terrified riders both mistake the other for a highwayman. Saying, “Here is my Money! Spare my Life.” “Ah! – don’t Fire! – I’ll give all.” This is one of a number of caricatures which Gillray engraved after Brownlow North.
B. M. 9768.
|James Gillray. THE PIGS POSSESSED; -OR – THE Broad bottom’d Litter running headlong into ye Sea of Perdition.
Published April 18th 1807 by H. Humphrey 27 St. James Street.
11¾ x 16¾. Original colour with thread margins and some crinkling of the paper.
George III drives his very fat pigs off the cliff and he says, “Oh you cursed ungrateful Grunters! – what, after devouring more in a twelve-month, than the good old Litter did in twelve years, you turn round and bite your old Master! – but if the Devil or the Pope has got possession of you all – pray get out of my Farm yard!.....” Papers floating in the sea include “Repeal of the Test Act” and “Catholic Bill”.
B. M. 10719.
|James Gillray. THE REAL CAUSE OF THE PRESENT-HIGH PRICE OF PROVISIONS. Or a View on the Sea Coast of England, with French Agents, smuggling away Supplies for France.
Published May 11th 1795 by H. Humphrey, No. 37. New Bond Street.
16½ x 12. Original colour with small margins. Two marks at the top resulting from old fixings to a mount; two small tears on the sides lower left and right just entering the engraved area and discoloration of the sea.
Fox, shown as the commissary general is taking golden guineas from, ‘French Agents,’ in return for the sheep, cattle, pigs and flour which should have been going to the home market where food prices had been rising owing to the bad harvests in 1794, which resulted in food riots in 1795. Here Fox is supported by Sheridan, Erskine and Grey, all of whom were bonnets rouge.
B. M. 8648.
|James Gillray. MORE PIGS THAN TEATS, - or – the new Litter of hungry Grunters sucking John-Bulls Old Sow to death.
Published March 5th 1806 by H. Humphrey 27 St James’s Street.
13¾ x 9¾. Original colour and good margins with a watermark of 1803 or 1807.
John Bull looks at the thirty two piglets all trying to get sustenance from her. There were too many claimants for office from the Prince’s friends and the various political factions. John Bull is shown as a clumsy yokel he says, “O Lord – O Lord! – well! – I never had such a Litter of hungry Pigs in all my life before! – why, they’s beyond all count! – where the devil to they think I shall find Wash & Grains for all their Guts? – zookers, why they’ll drain the poor old Sow to an Otomy! – e’cod She’ll make but bad Bacon for Boney, when they’s all done sucking o’ her - !!!”
B. M. 10540.
|James Gillray. PATRIOTS AMMUSING THEMSELVES – OR – SWEDES PRACTISING AT A POST.
Published April 19th 1792 by H. Humphrey No 18 – Old Bond Street.
10 x 13½. Original colour, (although a bit faded this item may well have been cleaned), on laid paper with good margins.
The post probably represents the rear view of George III; the cap bears the royal arms. Fox fires the blunderbuss at the circular target on the backside of George and he is attended by Priestley and Sheridan who says, “Well, this new game is delightful! If I could but once Pop the Post!!! Then you an me, Der Brother P, Would sing with glee, Full merrily Ca-ira! Ca-ira! Ca-ira!” The reference to Sweden is to the recent shooting of Gustavus III in Stockholm.
B. M. 8082.
|James Gillray. ADVANTAGES OF WEARING MUSLIN DRESSES.
Published February 15th 1802 by H. Humphrey 27 St. James’s Street.
14 x 10¼. Original colour with thread margins. A domestic disaster where the image tells all.
B. M. 9933.
|James Gillray. THE ARCH-DUKE.
Published November 15th 1796 by H. Humphrey New Bond Street.
10 x 14. Original colour with small margins. Thin areas of paper where this has been attached into an album, but these are outside the image, and there is no surface paper loss.
Under the image is “Drawn from Life by Lieut. Swarts, of the Imperial Regt. Of Barco Hussars.” The Archduke Charles of Austria stands directing military operations.
B. M. 8835.
|James Gillray. TWO-PENNY WHIST.
Published January 11th 1796 by H. Humphrey New Bond Street.
13½ x 9¾. Original colour with good margins and with a watermark of 1794.
Mrs. Humphrey sits at the far side of the table while her servant, ‘Betty’ is about to take here seventh trick and her face shows great glee.
B. M. 8885.
|James Gillray. DEMOCRATIC LEVELING – ALLIANCE A LA FRANCOISE; -or- The Union of the Coronets & Clyster-pipe.
Published March 4th 1796 by H. Humphrey New Bond Street.
10¼ x 14¼. Original colour with reasonable margins. Paper crinkling in the corners but outside the image. An indentation on the ladies dress but no splitting of the paper.
Fox and Sheridan officiate at the wedding of Lady Lucy Stanhope and Mr. Taylor of Sevenoaks who was a surgeon, and is shown made up of a syringe, a pestle and mortar and his arms are made up of two medicine phials.
B. M. 8787.
|James Gillray. A MAN OF IMPORTANCE.
Published May 16th 1799 by H. Humphrey 27 St. James’s Street.
10¼ x 14. Original colour with large margins.
A stiff and impassive Lord Moira. The clouds in the background suggest a distant conflagration although there is no indication as to where this might be.
B. M. 9386.
|James Gillray. THE LOSS OF THE FARO BANK; or – The Rook’s Pigeon’d – “When Greek meets Greek, then comes the tug of war!”
Published February 2nd 1797 by H. Humphrey New Bond Street.
13¾ x 10. Original colour on laid paper with reasonable margins.
Lady Buckinghamshire looks horrified as her husband comes in and says “The Bank’s stole! We’re ruined……” Fox, Sheridan and Hanger together with Lady Archer look on. On January 30th a box holding 500 guineas belonging to Lady Archer and two other proprietors of the Faro bank was stolen from the Buckinghamshire’s house in St. James’s Square. The loss was discovered, as play was about to begin. Servants were searched and two dismissed and these two gave evidence against Lady Buckinghamshire as organizers of illegal gambling.
B. M. 9078.
|James Gillray. PANTAGRUEL’S VICTORIOUS RETURN TO THE COURT OF GARGANTUA. AFTER EXTIRPATING THE SOUP-MEAGRE’S OF BOUILLE LAND.
Published February 10th 1794, by H. Humphrey N 18 Old Bond Street.
14 x 12¼. Original colour with good margins. An old central vertical fold.
George III is being handed two large keys by the Duke of York who is wearing his regimentals, behind him are soldiers bearing, (worthless), trophies of victory. Sitting at the side of the King is Pitt busily writing, and behind the throne is the Queen accepting shovels of gold coins from a half hidden devil.
This is a satire on the futile successes and humiliating failures of the Flanders campaigns which included the abandonment of Dunkirk. The Duke arrived in London on February 7th and Pitt and his colleagues tried unsuccessfully to secure his replacement as commander-in-chief by Cornwallis.
B. M. 8425.
|James Gillray. MISS, I HAVE A MONSTROUS CROW TO PLUCK WITH YOU !!
Published November 1st 1794 by H. Humphrey No.37 New Bond Street.
13 x 10. Original colour with reasonable margins.
The pregnant daughter stands in front of her mother. Under the table is a large Crow who says, “Oh! Too bad.”
A first state of this print with the two vertical lines on the wall, which were subsequently removed.
B. M. 8557.
|James Gillray. PYLADES & ORESTES.
Published April 7th 1797 by H. Humphrey. New Bond Street & St. James’s Street.
10¼ x 14¼. Original colour on laid paper with a watermark of 1794. Slight rubbing on the title and some marks.
The Prince of Orange and his thin secretary, Nassalin, taking one of their frequent walks in Bond Street.
The Prince has his eyes closed and it was said that he was sometimes asleep while on his walk.
B. M. 9065.
|James Gillray. THE CABINETICAL-BALANCE.
Published February 16th 1806 by H. Humphrey. 27 St. James’s Street.
9¾ x 14. Original colour with small margins.
The rising sun which has Prince of Wales feathers is illuminating Sidmouth and Ellenborough who stand on the beam of the scales. The lower scale contains the ‘Broad-Bottomites’, namely the Grenvillites or New Opposition. The other scale holds the ‘No-Bottomites’ or Fox and the Old Opposition. In the clouds above the sun on the right flies the weeping ghost of Pitt.
B. M. 10530.
|James Gillray. DESPAIR.
Published April 5th 1802. by H. Humphrey. 27 St. James’s Street.
8 x 10. Original colour with good margins.
Robinson, who is the member for Oakhampton says, “We’re all ruined Sir! – all didled Sir ! – abus’d by Placemen Sir!!! Bankrupts all, Sir …” On March 4th he made a sensation by stating that the government was unable to pay its bills. Sitting on the same seat is Tyrwhitt Jones, with a pen in his mouth. And behind them are Horne Tooke and Burdett listening intently. Addington, in his dismissive reply stated that, “the non-payment he quoted was due to some unformality and might be barbarity, but was not insolvency”.
B. M. 9855.
|James Gillray. “TIRAILLEUR FRANCAIS, ET CHEVAU LEGER DE L’ARMEE DU PACHA DE RHODES” – EVOLUTIONS OF FRENCH MOUNTED RIFLEMEN.
Published March 12th 1799 by H. Humphrey. St James’s Street.
14 x 10. Original colour with large margins and a watermark of 1794. Slight surface marks.
The Turk is on a magnificent horse, while the French soldier is about to be thrown off by his mount which is a donkey.
B. M. 9359.
|James Gillray. MARCH TO THE BANK.
Published 22nd August 1787 by S. W. Fores.
21½ x 16¾. Uncoloured and with very small margins. An old centre fold and some repaired tears; (one into the figure on the left is the most noticeable). This item has been expertly repaired to the highest standard.
After the Gordon riots there were fears that the Bank of England did not have enough protection and there was the introduction of a daily guard. This was greatly resented by the public as the soldiers marched two abreast down the Strand, Fleet Street completely disregarding the pedestrians.
|James Gillray. “MAMLOUK, ET HUSSARD REPUBLICAIN.”
Published March 12th 1799, by H. Humphrey. 27. St. James’s Street.
14¾ x 10. Original colour with large margins. Slight creasing at the top of the image.
This is one of the six images that relate to the Expedition to Egypt, all published with the same date. Here a French hussar on a worn out horse flees from a well-mounted Mameluke. This print probably satirizes a passage from a letter on the retreat of Ibrahim Bey from Cairo to Syria.
B. M. 9360.
|James Gillray. THE FRENCH-CONSULAR-TRIUMVERATE, SETTL’ING THE NEW CONSTITUTION, with a Peep at the Constitutional-Pigeon-Holes of the Abbe Seiyes – in the Back Ground.
Published January 1st 1800 by H. Humphrey 27. St. James’s Street.
9¾ x 13¾. Original colour with reasonable margins. An old horizontal fold just visible on the image.
Bonaparte sits at the table with the second and third consuls facing him and both seem in a state of indecision. Bonaparte has a paper, ‘Nouvelle Constitution’ in his hands. The print refers to a meeting on December 13th where Bonaparte, by a drawing room coup d’état secured the signatures of the Commissions to articles selected by himself as First Consul.
B. M. 9509.
|James Gillray. LES INVISIBLES.
Dispose a la Bibliot Nat. Rue Monmatre N. 132 et a Londres, chez H. Humphrey, St. James Street.
13½ x 9¾. Original colour. Thread margins at the sides and reasonable margins top and bottom.
A copy of a French print showing a fashionable promenade, the bonnets making visibility very hazardous.
B. M. 11612.
|James Gillray. PATRIOTIC-PETITIONS ON THE CONVENTION.
Published by H. Humphrey. 27 St. James’s Street. (c. Oct 1808).
16¼ x 11. Original colour with large margins and a watermark of 1807.
The four sections have the following headings.
The Cockney Petition! – Enter Mr Noodle & Mr Doodle.
The Westminster Petition on – a kick out from Wimbleton.
The Chelmsford Petition. Broad-Bottom-Patriots addressing the Essex Calves.
The Middlesex-Petition! Hackney Orators inspiring the Independent Blue & Buff Interest.
The first section shows the King rejecting petitions relating to the Convention of Cintra, news of which had been received in England as a disaster. A Court of Inquiry was held to try to stem the public outcry. The other three designs seem to be a fantastic representation of opposition groups.
B. M. 11048.
|James Gillray. FRENCH-TAYLOR, FITTING JOHN BULL WITH A ‘JEAN DE BRY’.,br />Published November 18th 1799 by H. Humphrey 27 St James’s Street London.
8 ½ x 13. Original colour, trimmed just outside the image. With some crinkling of the paper and some thinned areas as this was removed from an album but no paper loss.
A satire on the ugliness of French fashions and also making the point of legislation over dress which is shown by the official costumes of the Directory shown on the left wall.
B. M. 9425.
|James Gillray. THE GENIUS OF FRANCE NURSING HER DARLING.
Published November 26th 1804 by H. Humphrey 27, St. James’s Street London.
10 x 13½. Original faded colour, with some spotting, trimmed just outside the border.
A poor example of this well-known print. France, a savage virago, dangles a tiny Napoleon. She sings;
“There’s a little King Pippin
He shall have a Rattle & Crown,
*Bless thy five Wits my Baby
Mind it don’t throw itself down!
Hey my Kitten, my kitten & &.”
B. M. 10284.