End of the Irish invasion, or, The destruction of the French Armada [graphic] / Js. Gy. inv. et f.
Gillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker.
[20 January 1797]
1 print : aquatint & etching on wove paper, hand-colored ; sheet 27 x 38 cm
Title etched below image. Another signature etched in bottom right portion of image: Js. Gy. des. et f. Another publication line etched in lower left but mostly obscured within margin of image. Sheet trimmed within plate mark. CtY-LW Temporary local subject terms: Fleets: French fleet -- Storms: gale.
"French men-of-war are tossed helplessly by huge waves, which are lashed to fury by blasts from the mouths of (left to right) Pitt, Dundas, Grenville, and Windham, whose heads emerge from clouds. Fox is the (realistic) figure-head of 'Le Révolutionaire' (right) which, with broken masts, is about to founder. He receives the full strength of the blasts from Pitt and Dundas, and looks up despairingly, his head against the tricolour stripes which encircle the mast. Playing-cards float in the water by the ship. On the left 'L'Egalité' is wrecked by a blast from Grenville, which shatters a flag-staff, with a flag inscribed 'Vive . . Egalité'. Behind, a vessel disappears in a whirlpool. In the foreground (left) 'The Revolutionary Jolly Boat' is being swamped under the influence of a blast from Windham; the occupants throw up their hands despairingly: Sheridan, standing in the stern, is still unsubmerged; the others (left to right) are Hall the Foxite apothecary, [So Wright and Evans. He has perhaps more resemblance to Dr. Towers.] Erskine, in wig and gown, M. A. Taylor, and Thelwall, washed overboard, with a paper: 'Thelwall's lectures' (see BMSat 8685). [Wright and Evans put Dr. Lawrence's name between that of Sheridan and Erskine; he is not depicted.]."--British Museum online catalogue.
Destruction of the French Armada
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley--Ownership. Erskine, Thomas Erskine,--Baron,--1750-1823--Caricatures and cartoons. Fox, Charles James,--1749-1806--Caricatures and cartoons. Grenville, William Wyndham Grenville,--Baron,--1759-1834--Caricatures and cartoons. Harvey, Francis--Ownership. Humphrey, Hannah, active 1774-1817, publisher. Melville, Henry Dundas,--Viscount,--1742-1811--Caricatures and cartoons. Pitt, William,--1759-1806--Caricatures and cartoons. Riviere & Son Binding. Sheridan, Richard Brinsley,--1751-1816--Caricatures and cartoons. Taylor, Michael Angelo,--1757-1834--Caricatures and cartoons. Thelwall, John,--1764-1834--Caricatures and cartoons. Windham, William,--1750-1810--Caricatures and cartoons.
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Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 7, no. 8979 Wright, T. Works of James Gillray, the caricaturist with the history of his life and times, p. 216
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