James Gillray (British, 1757-1815) The Triumph of Quassia; The Bear and his Leader; Grace before Meat
Lot 190
James Gillray
(British, 1757-1815)
The Triumph of Quassia; The Bear and his Leader; Grace before Meat
Sold for £ 1,250 (US$ 1,588) inc. premium

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James Gillray (British, 1757-1815) The Triumph of Quassia; The Bear and his Leader; Grace before Meat
James Gillray (British, 1757-1815)
The Triumph of Quassia; The Bear and his Leader; Grace before Meat
Three etchings with extensive hand-colouring, c. 1806, on wove, published by H. Humphreys, London, 253 x 353mm (9 15/16 x 13 7/8in) (PL) (3)

Footnotes

  • James Gillray, along with Hogarth, is considered to be the most influential of all British political caricaturists. He was uncompromising in his choice of subject, with his satires taking aim at the highest members of society from army and church officials to King George III and the Prince Regent themselves.

    Gillray lived with Hannah Humphrey, his publisher and print seller, her name and address can be seen inscribed on every plate which he produced. Outside her shop in London, excited crowds would gather to review his works in the windows. With his eyesight failing, he would produce his last print in 1809. Unable to work, he began to drink heavily and suffered from bouts of madness until his death in 1815, Hannah took care of him throughout this period.

    Gillray's works make clear that which he is remembered for - his sharp wit, keen understanding of the absurd, boundless imagination and technical skill.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note these etchings are later impressions from the 'Bohn edition' published in 1851.
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