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Gillray
James Gillray.

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. “TIRAILLEUR FRANCAIS, ET CHEVAU LEGER DE L’ARMEE DU PACHA DE RHODES” – EVOLUTIONS OF FRENCH MOUNTED RIFLEMEN.
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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.

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James Gillray. WHA WANTS ME ?
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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.

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James Gillray. FORTUNE HUNTING.
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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.

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James Gillray. A GREAT MAN OF THE TURF – or – Sir Solomon in all his Glory.
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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.

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James Gillray. FRENCH HABITS. No. 2. Les Membres du Conseil des Anciens.
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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.

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James Gillray. BILLY THE GAMEKEEPER. – W. S.
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(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.

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James Gillray. “Be gone dull Care, - I prithee begone from Me !
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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. 

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James Gillray. VENUS ATTIRED BY THE GRACES.
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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.

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James Gillray. HOW TO RIDE WITH ELEGANCE THRO’ THE STREETS.
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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.

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James Gillray. THE GORDON-KNOT, - or – The Bonny Duchess hunting the Bedfordshire Bull.
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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.

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James Gillray. HET COMMITTEE VAN KOOPHANDEL EN ZEEVAART.
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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.

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James Gillray. HET COMMITTEE VAN ALGEMEEN WAAKZAAMHEID.
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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.

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James Gillray. PLAYING IN PARTS.
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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.

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James Gillray. MORNING PROMMENADE UPON THE CLIFF, BRIGHTON.
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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.

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James Gillray. THE SOUND OF THE HORN.
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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.

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James Gillray. WALTZER AU MOUCHER.
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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.

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James Gillray. A SQUALL.
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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.

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James Gillray. “EVERY ROGUE IS A COWARD.”
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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.

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James Gillray. THE PIGS POSSESSED; -OR – THE Broad bottom’d Litter running headlong into ye Sea of Perdition.
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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.

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James Gillray. THE ARCH-DUKE.
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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.

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James Gillray. MISS, I HAVE A MONSTROUS CROW TO PLUCK WITH YOU !!
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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.

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James Gillray. “MAMLOUK, ET HUSSARD REPUBLICAIN.”
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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.

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James Gillray. LES INVISIBLES.
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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.

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James Gillray – MAECENAS, IN PURSUIT OF THE FINE ARTS: - Scene, Pall Mall; - a Frosty Morning
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Published by H. Humphrey 27, St. James’s Street. May 9th 1808.
7¾ x 10¼. Original colour with good margins.
A bespectacled gentleman carrying a cane approaches the door of Christies Auctioneers. On the pillar hangs the usual catalogue, ‘Catalogue 800 Capital Pictures to be Sold by Mr Christie in Pall Mall. February 1st 1808’. The gentleman is the Marquis of Stafford, later the Duke of Sunderland, who devoted himself to the patronage of art.
B. M. 11076.

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James Gillray – A SCOTCH PONY, - COMMONLY CALL’D A GALLOWAY. –
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Published June 4th 1803 by H. Humphrey, 27, St. James’s Street.
8 x 9¾. Original colour with small margins. Old glue marks on verso as it was stuck into an album.
A short and bulky Lord Galloway rides a grey mare. He is wearing a wrinkled Jean-de-Bry coat with a star at his breast. He is reported to be abnormally proud of his star.
B. M. 10161.

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James Gillray. TIDDY DOLL the great French Gingerbread Baker, drawing out a new Batch of Kings.
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Published January 23rd 1806, by H. Humphrey.
14¾ x 10. Original colour and trimmed onto/within the plate mark.
A brilliant satire on Napoleonic imperialism after Austerlitz, remarkable also for its prophetic character.
B. M. 10518.

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James Gillray. OPENING OF THE BUDGET – or – John Bull giving his Breeches to save his Bacon.
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Published November 17th 1796 by H. Humphrey New Bond Street.
14 x 9½. Original colour and thread margins on three sides and trimmed onto/within the plate mark at the lower edge. On laid paper.
Pitt holds the budget bag while John Bull reluctantly hands over his breeches, which disgorges guineas into the large ‘requisition budget’ bag. Behind Pitt are Dundas, Grenville and Burke with the Treasury behind them. On the left Fox stands looking at France, his speech bubble ends with, “vite! – Citoyens! Vite! Vite -!”
B. M. 8836.

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James Gillray. THE GRACES IN A HIGH WIND. A Scene taken from Nature, in Kensington Gardens.
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Published May 26th by H. Humphrey. 27 St. James’s Street. (1810).
14 x 10. Original colour with small margins and a tear on the lower left, but not touching the border. A printing executed before the date of 1810 was added to the publication line.
The B. M. has some possible names for the young women depicted but none are definite.
B. M. 11593.

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James Gillray. PROGRESS OF THE TOILET. (The complete set of three).
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(Published February 26th 1801 by H. Humphrey, 27 St James’s Street).
All three are 8¼ x 10¼. Original colour and trimmed just outside the image and below the title thus the publishers line is missing.
The three stages are – The Stays. - Plate 1.
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James Gillray. PROGRESS OF THE TOILET. (The complete set of three).
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(Published February 26th 1801 by H. Humphrey, 27 St James’s Street).
All three are 8¼ x 10¼. Original colour and trimmed just outside the image and below the title thus the publishers line is missing.
The three stages are – The Stays. - Plate 1.
                                     The Wig. - Plate 2.
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James Gillray. PROGRESS OF THE TOILET. (The complete set of three).
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James Gillray. PROGRESS OF THE TOILET. (The complete set of three).
(Published February 26th 1801 by H. Humphrey, 27 St James’s Street).
All three are 8¼ x 10¼. Original colour and trimmed just outside the image and below the title thus the publishers line is missing.
The three stages are – The Stays. - Plate 1.
                                     The Wig. - Plate 2.
                                     Dress Completed. - Plate 3.
B. M. 11608/9/10.

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James Gillray. “Here’s Songs of Love & Maids forsaken”
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Published March 30th by H. Humphrey Old Bond Street 93.
8¼ x 9¼. Original colour, trimmed within plate mark and with a repaired corner bottom right.
A rather elderly and unattractive woman sits on a stool playing a harpsichord. The engraved lines are shaky throughout giving the impression of a quavering voice. Although not signed Gillray the B. M. suggests that it is and it is now accepted as such.
B. M. 8381.

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