Nightly visitors at St. Ann's Hill [graphic] / Js. Gy. invt. & ft.
[London] Pubd. Sepr. 21, 1798, by H. Humphrey, 27 St. James's Street [21 September 1798]
[21 September 1798]
1 print : etching & aquatint on wove paper, hand-colored ; sheet 36 x 26 cm
Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 7, no. 9244 Wright, T. Works of James Gillray, the caricaturist with the history of his life and times, p. 243
Title etched below image. Two lines of paraphrased quote following title: "In glided Edward's pale-eye'd ghost and stood at Carlo's feet." Sheet trimmed within plate mark. Temporary local subject terms: Irish Rebellion, 1798 -- Allusion to St. Ann's Hill -- Ghosts -- Literature: quotation from The Excursion: A Poem in Two Books by David Mallet (?1705-1765) -- Literature: quotation from Macbeth by William Shakespeare (1564-1616), iii, 4.50 -- Banegal Harvey, d. 1798 -- Allusion to Arthur O'Connor, 1763-1852 -- Allusion to Oliver Bond, 1760-1798. Old Print Shop ; Mar. 1961 ; Acquisitions no.: 961-3-1-151.
"Ghosts (right) stand in a row at the foot of Fox's bed; he sits up, staring in terror, hands raised, large tears on his cheeks. The ghosts emerge from clouds; they are headless, with bloodstained necks round which are nooses, except for Lord Edward Fitzgerald, who stands above the others, in profile to the left, with blood-stained hair and shirt. His right hand is on his breast and he says: "" Who first sedue'd my youthful Mind from Virtue? - "Who plann'd my Treasons, & who caus'd my Death? - "Remember poor Lord Edward, and despair!!! - " Fox says: ""Why do'st thou shake thy, Goary Locks at me? "Dear, bravest, worthiest, noblest, best of Men! "Thou can'st not say, I did it! - " The body on Lord Edward's right and on the extreme right is that of Grogan, a leader of rebels in Wexford, it was said under compulsion, hanged from Wexford Bridge, his head fixed on a pike. Lecky, 'Hist. of England', 1890, viii. 95, 166-7. On Lord Edward's left is a body, the label from the neck inscribed 'Remember Hervay'. (Bagenal Harvey, commander-in-chief in Wexford (ibid. viii. 91), executed with Grogan.) Next is 'Quigley' (or O'Coigley), see BMSat 9189, executed 7 June 1798 at Maidstone. Next, a label, 'Shears's', rises from clouds in which the bodies are concealed. (John and Henry Sheares, elected to the Directory in Dublin on the arrest of Bond and others, were arrested 21 May and executed on 14 July 1798. Lord Edward died of the wounds received when he resisted arrest, see 'Auckland Corr.' iv. 414 ff., 442-4.) Above Fox's head fly two naked creatures with infantine bodies, webbed wings, and the serpents of faction or discord springing from their heads and writhing round their bodies. They hold up between them a paper inscribed 'Confessions \ of O'Conner \ Ol Bond'. The bed is framed in heavy curtains. Mrs. Fox lies asleep with her back to Fox. On the ground at his side is an open book partly hidden by the bed-draperies: ' . . . Head Quarters London. Plan of the Irish Rebellion.'"--British Museum online catalogue.
Gillray, James, 1756-1815 [Printmaker] Humphrey, Hannah, active 1774-1817 [Publisher]
Aquatints -- England -- London -- 1798 Etchings -- England -- London -- 1798 Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1798
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