Tentanda via est qua me quoque possim tollere humo. Virgil, Geor. [graphic] : He steers his flight aloft, incumbent on the dusky air that felt unusual weight. Par. Lost. Lib. I, l. 225 / J. Gillray, fect &c.
London Publish'd August 8th, 1810 by H. Humphrey, 27 St. James's Street [8 August 1810]
1 print : engraving, hand-colored ; sheet 51.0 x 39.9 cm
Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum Division I, political and personal satires / Dorothy Mary George, v. 8, 11570
Title from Latin quote below image. Sheet trimmed to plate mark. Sequel to Gillray's The introduction of the Pope to the convocation at Oxford by the Cardinal Broad-Bottom. Published in: Hill, Draper. Fashionable contrasts: Caricatures by James Gillray. London: Phaidon Press, 1966, cat. no. 49. C. & J. Goodfriend; November 2011. For further information, consult library staff.
A satire ridiculing the installation of Lord Grenville as the Chancellor of Oxford University on July 3rd, 1810. The installation followed a divisive election in which Lord Eldon opposed Lord Grenville on political and religious grounds. Opponents like Gillray saw Grenville's installation as a triumph for Catholic Emancipation. Here Grenville rises in balloon over a vast applauding crowd in Oxford. Many of the faces in the crowd are identifiable political figures: Buckingham, Stafford, M.A. Taylor, Erskine, Tierney, Holland, Grey, Sidmouth, Cholmondeley, Whitbread, Watkin Williams-Wynn, Fingall, Sheridan, etc.
Gillray, James, 1756-1815 [Artist] Humphrey, Hannah, active 1774-1817 [Publisher]
Eldon, John Scott, Earl of, 1751-1838 Grenville, William Wyndham Grenville, Baron, 1759-1834 Lansdowne, Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, Marquess of, 1780-1863 Nugent, George Nugent Grenville, Baron, 1788-1850 Wynn, Charles Watkin Williams, 1775-1850 Wynn, Henry
Engravings -- England -- 1810-1820 Watermarks (Paper) -- J. Whatman
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