[London] Pubd. Feby. 25th, 1785, by W. Humphrey, No. 227 Strand [25 February 1785]
[25 February 1785]
1 print : aquatint & etching on wove paper, hand-colored ; sheet 36 x 25 cm
Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 6, no. 6790 Wright, T. Works of James Gillray, the caricaturist with the history of his life and times, p. 72
Title etched below image. Printmaker from British Museum catalogue. Publication date of 25 April 1785 supplied by the British Museum catalogue for an impression lacking the imprint statement; this date apparently based on that of the companion print entitled: Evening consolation. Sheet trimmed within plate mark. Temporary local subject terms: Furniture: armchairs -- Stools -- Mirrors -- Broken bellows -- Lighting: dark lantern -- Emblems: dark lantern of conspiracy -- Bellows as emblem of Ld. North -- Spiders -- Sewing -- Poverty. Old Print Shop; March 1961; Acquisitions no.: 961-3-1-44 Impression from a worn plate; beginning of imprint statement is lightly printed and illegible.
"A companion print to BMSat 6791. Fox, North, and Burke in a poverty-stricken room: North (left), seated in a low arm-chair, leans back yawning, arms above his head, legs stretched out. On the wall above his head hangs a broken pair of bellows, emblem of his Borean blast. Burke, (right), very thin, seated on a three-legged stool, is mending the breeches which he has taken off. Behind his head is a spider in the centre of a cobweb. Between and behind them stands Fox, in the attitude of an orator, right arm raised, rehearsing a speech and regarding himself in a cracked mirror (right) which reflects his anxious and gloomy expression. Above his head a dark lantern, emblem of a conspirator, hangs on the wall (cf. BMSat 6784, &c)."--British Museum online catalogue.
Gillray, James, 1756-1815 [Printmaker] Humphrey, William, approximately 1740-approximately 1810 [Publisher]
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley Burke, Edmund, 1729-1797 Fox, Charles James, 1749-1806 Harvey, Francis North, Frederick, Lord, 1732-1792 Riviere & Son
Aquatints -- England -- London -- 1785 Etchings -- England -- London -- 1785 Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1785
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