Hercules reposing [graphic] / Js. Gillray d. & ft.
[London] Pubd. May 7th, 1799, by H. Humphrey, 27 St. James's Street [7 May 1799]
[7 May 1799]
1 print : etching on wove paper, hand-colored ; sheet 26.0 x 19.8 cm
Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 7, no. 9375 Wright, T. Works of James Gillray, the caricaturist with the history of his life and times, p. 259
Title etched below image. No. 1 in a series of six prints with a frontispiece entitled: New pantheon of democratic mythology. Sheet trimmed to plate mark. Temporary local subject terms: Parnassus -- Hercules -- Reference to Hercules's labors: skin of an ass as the skin of the Nemean Lion -- Reference to the Whig Club -- Weapons: clubs -- Bow and arrow -- Musical instruments: lyre -- Emblems: tricolor ribbon -- Books -- Reference to St. Ann's Hill. Old Print Shop ; 1961.
"Fox, naked and hairy, sits despondently at the foot of a willow tree, from which a lyre hangs by a tricolour ribbon. His eyes are closed, his head is supported on the hand which holds a large book: 'The Beauties of St Ann's Hill'. He sits on the skin of an ass masquerading as a lion (with a lion's tail); before him are the apples of the Hesperides, rotten. His club, inscribed 'Whig Club', lies across a (blunted) arrow and a bow with a broken string. In the background Fame staggers from the temple which crowns Parnassus."--British Museum online catalogue.
New pantheon ; no. 1
Gillray, James, 1756-1815 [Printmaker] Humphrey, Hannah, active 1774-1817 [Publisher]
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley Fox, Charles James, 1749-1806 Harvey, Francis Riviere & Son
Etchings -- England -- London -- 1799 Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1799
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