1 print : etching on wove paper, hand-colored ; plate mark 24.8 x 35.3 cm, on sheet 26 x 36 cm
Title etched below image and enclosed within curly brackets. Temporary local subject terms: Invasions: French landing in Wales -- Spain: Spanish Fleet -- Reference to the battle of Cape St. Vincent, February 14, 1797 -- Newspapers: Gazette Extraordinary.
"A design in two compartments.  'Billy, in the Devil's claws'. Fox as the Devil (left) grasps the thin and terrified Pitt round the waist, pointing with his left arm to a serried rank of French soldiers, landed from the boats of French men-of-war and marching up the steep coast. He is a grotesque hairy creature, short and heavy, with webbed wings attached to his ragged coat, a barbed tail and talons, and wearing a bonnet-rouge. He says, turning a glaring eye-ball on Pitt: "Ha! Traitor! - there's the French landed in Wales! what d'ye think of that, Traitor?"  'Billy, sending the Devil packing'. Pitt kneels on one knee in profile to the right, holding up a paper: 'Gazette Defeat of the Spanish Fleet; by Sir John Jarvis.' He looks up at Fox with a contemptuous gesture and a subtly triumphant smile, saying: "Ha! Mr Devil! - we've Beat the Spanish Fleet what d'ye think of that Mr Devil?" Fox springs upwards with a terrified expression, his hands held up as if asking for mercy, his cap falls off and his tail is between his legs. On the right is the sea, with a naval battle in progress."--British Museum online catalogue.
Table's turned Billy in the Devil's claws Billy sending the Devil packing
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley--Ownership. Fox, Charles James,--1749-1806--Caricatures and cartoons. Harvey, Francis--Ownership. Humphrey, Hannah, active 1774-1817, publisher. Pitt, William,--1759-1806--Caricatures and cartoons. Riviere & Son Binding.
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797.03.04.05+ Auchincloss Gillray v. 4
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Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 7, no. 8992 Wright, T. Works of James Gillray, the caricaturist with the history of his life and times, p. 219
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