The liberty of the subject [graphic].

Published/Created:
[London]
Publish'd Octr. 15th, 1779, by W. Humphrey, No. 227 Strand
[15 October 1779]
Physical Description:
1 print : etching on wove paper, hand-colored ; sheet 25 x 36 cm
Notes:
Title etched below image.
Attributed to Gillray in the British Museum catalogue.
Sheet trimmed within plate mark.
Abstract:
"A press-gang at work in a London street, at the end of which appears the dome of St. Paul's. A sailor (c.) strides towards the spectator, a club in his right. hand, dragging along a lean tailor, who holds up his hands in dismay. An infuriated woman (l.) has seized the sailor by his hair and the right. ear while she pummels him with her knee. Another sailor behind has seized her wrist and raises a club to strike her. A third sailor (r.) holds the tailor by the left. arm. A naval officer (r.) walks beside the party with a drawn cutlass. Behind are other sailors. A woman (l.) wearing stays or jumps' raises a mop in both hands to smite a sailor; an infant clutches her petticoats. A group of spectators (l.) includes a woman carrying a baby. A dog barks at the fray."--British Museum online catalogue.
Associated Names:
Gillray, James, 1756-1815 [Printmaker]
Humphrey, William, approximately 1740-approximately 1810 [Publisher]
Topics:
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley
Crowds
Fighting
Harvey, Francis
Riviere & Son
Sailors -- British
Language:
English
Genre:
Etchings -- England -- London -- 1779
Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1779
Format:
Image
Content Type:
Prints & Photographs
Rights:
These images are provided for study purposes only. For publication or other use of images from the Library's collection, please contact the Lewis Walpole Library at walpole@yale.edu. Further details on the Library's photoduplication policy are available at http://www.library.yale.edu/walpole/html/research/rights_reproductions.html
Call Number:
779.10.15.01+
Orbis Record:
6700729
Yale Collection:
Lewis Walpole Library
Digital Collection:
Lewis Walpole Library
Local Record Number:
lwlpr04460
Volume/Enumeration:
Digital version
OID:
10723306
PID:
digcoll:291837