The giant-factotum amusing himself [graphic] / Js. Gilly. invt. et fect.
Gillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker.
[21 January 1797]
1 print : etching on wove paper, hand-colored ; plate mark 35.3 x 25.1 cm, on sheet 37 x 27 cm
Title etched below image. Temporary local subject terms: Parliamentary debates: House of Commons, 30 Dec. 1796 -- Reference to war with France -- Globes -- Games: cup and ball -- Reference to slave trade.
"Pitt arrogantly bestrides the Speaker's chair, towering high above the galleries of the House. He plays cup (or rather spike) and ball with the globe, on which 'France' is disproportionately large, the British Isles small and obscure. His head is turned to the left towards his own followers, who crowd obsequiously towards his huge right foot which rests on the head of Wilberforce (papers inscribed 'Slave Trade' issuing from his pocket) and on the shoulder of the bulky and truculent Dundas, who wears Highland dress. Canning (the 'Trial of Betty Canning' projecting from his pocket) kneels to kiss the toe of his shoe. His left foot crushes the leaders of the Opposition: Erskine, Sheridan, Fox (all prostrate), and a fourth (? Grey) with upstretched arms. M. A. Taylor, a tiny figure, with the legs of a chicken (see BMSat 6777) and wearing a bonnet-rouge, sprawls on the floor near Fox. The rest of the party raise their arms in dismay. The Speaker (Addington) looks up (raising his hat), as do the Clerks. Pitt's coat-pockets bulge like sacks; in one (left) are papers: 'Volunteers, 200000 Seamen, 150000 Regulars, Militia'; the other is stuffed with guineas, on this his left hand rests, holding a paper 'Resources for supporting the War'."--British Museum online catalogue.
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley--Ownership. Erskine, Thomas Erskine,--Baron,--1750-1823--Caricatures and cartoons. Fox, Charles James,--1749-1806--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. Wilberforce, William,--1759-1833--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. 8980 Wright, T. Works of James Gillray, the caricaturist with the history of his life and times, p. 216
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