Very slippy-weather [graphic] / etch'd by Js. Gillray.
Gillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker.
[10 February 1808]
1 print : etching with stipple on wove paper, hand-colored, ; sheet 27 x 21 cm
Title etched below image. One of a set of seven weather-themed prints with the same signature and imprint, all etched by Gillray from drawings by Sneyd. See British Museum catalogue. Sheet trimmed within plate mark. CtY-LW
In front of Humphrey's print shop window, a man sits on the pavement, having fallen backwards; his legs are splayed up, his wig is falling off, and coins spill from his pockets. The man's predicament is unobserved by four men studying the Gillray prints displayed in the shop window, each identifiable: a gentleman with a quizzing glass held to his eye; a military officer; a coachman; and a young dustman carrying a pair of skates under his arm, his nose eaten away by syphilis. From the cobblestone street a dog looks at the man. Through the shop door, two men, one an obese cleric, are shown examining a print.
St. James's Street
City & town life. Clergy. Coach drivers. Falling. Merchandise displays--England--London--1800-1810. Military officers--British. Older people. People associated with commercial & service activities. Printing industry--England--London--1800-1810. Prints. Stores & shops. Syphilis. Thermometers. Weather. Window displays.
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley--Ownership. Harvey, Francis--Ownership. Humphrey, Hannah, active 1774-1817, publisher. Humphrey, Hannah,--active 1774-1817. Riviere & Son Binding.
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Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 8, no. 11100 Wright, T. Works of James Gillray, the caricaturist with the history of his life and times, p. 360 Wright, T. Historical and descriptive account of the caricatures by James Gillray, no. 559
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