The republican-Hercules defending his country [graphic] / Js. Gy. inv. & f.
Gillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker.
[19 February 1797]
1 print : etching on wove paper, hand-colored ; plate mark 35.9 x 25.3 cm, on sheet 37 x 26 cm
Title etched below image. Temporary local subject terms: Giants -- Ships: French fleet -- Flags: French flag -- Union Jack -- Puns: Whig club -- Foxes -- Clubs: reference to Whig Club -- Invasions.
"Fox as a colossal Hercules, hairy and savage, bestrides the English Channel, supporting between the toes of his right foot the flag of 'Libertas'; his left foot is planted near a castle on a cliff flying the Union Jack. He wears a fox's skin over his shoulders, the head forming a cap, with a ragged coat and breeches. His arms and legs are bare; the large brush of his fox's skin almost sweeps the Channel. He flourishes his 'Whig-Club' (cf. BMSat 8996) above his head, saying, "Invade the Country, hay? - let them come, - thats all! - Zounds, where are they? - I wish I could see 'em here, thats all! - ay! ay! only let them come, - that's all!!!" The channel is filled with a fleet of men-of-war with ship's boats in the foreground, all making from France to England, and drawn by strings which Fox holds in his left hand."--British Museum online catalogue.
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley--Ownership. Fox, Charles James,--1749-1806--Caricatures and cartoons. Harvey, Francis--Ownership. Humphrey, Hannah, active 1774-1817, publisher. Riviere & Son Binding.
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Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 7, no. 8987 Wright, T. Works of James Gillray, the caricaturist with the history of his life and times, p. 219
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