The life of William-Cobbett, written by himself. No. 2 [graphic] / Js. Gillray invt. & fect.
London Publish'd Septr. 29th, 1809, by H. Humphrey, 27 St. Jamess [sic] Street [29 September 1809]
[29 September 1809]
2 prints on 1 sheet : etching on wove paper, hand-colored ; plate mark 27.6 x 21.6 cm and plate mark 8.8 x 20.3 cm, on sheet 39 x 22 cm
Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 8, no. 11373 Wright, T. Works of James Gillray, the caricaturist with the history of his life and times, p. 365 Wright, T. Historical and descriptive ac
Title etched below image. Second print of eight in a series entitled: The life of William-Cobbett, written by himself. Below image is printed a second plate etched with text only: 2d plate. As I shot up into a hobble-dehoy, I took to driving the plow for the benefit of mankind, which was always my prime object ... Vide, my own memoire's in the Political Register for 1809. Series number etched above image, in upper left. Sheet trimmed leaving thread margins. Alfred Bowdtich Collection; December 1966 ; Acquisitions no.: 966-12-10-61. Mounted to 42 x 27 cm.
"Cobbett, dressed as a farmer, but with a favour in his hat and his short hair tied back into a scraggy tail, marches stiffly behind a recruiting Serjeant who marches with drawn sword, preceded by a little drummer-boy beating a large drum, both of whom wear plumed bearskins, smart uniform, and boots. They march with pointed toe; Cobbet follows, out of step, and with clumsily upturned toe; on his back is a rough knapsack. They march towards the sea where boats are being rowed out to a ship in full sail (right). Behind Cobbett (left) are his plough and two oxen. The field is neatly furrowed. Behind is a rocky hill on which stands a gibbet with an empty noose."--British Museum online catalogue.
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley Cobbett, William, 1763-1835 Harvey, Francis Riviere & Son
Etchings -- England -- London -- 1809 Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1809
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