Coalition Ministries

Political divisions in the eighteenth century were not as great as those today, when membership of political parties is rigidly defined. Governments could include members of a variety of political opinions, as long as they could agree to work together on the pressing political questions of the day. Some governments were made up of very unpromising combinations however, such as the short-lived coalition between the Tory Lord North and the Whig Charles James Fox. Gillray issued a number of prints referring to this alliance including Coalition dance (D12334). In its original form, Coalition dance was the last of Gillray's prints to show Fox with a fox's head (see Anthropomorphism). Later impressions of the print, such as the one in the Gallery's collection, show him with his own caricatured features.

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'King Henry IVth the last scene'
by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
published 29 November 1788
NPG D12391

Sir Joseph Mawbey, 1st Bt ('A pig in a poke. Whist, whist')
by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
published 10 December 1788
NPG D12392

King William IV ('Nauticus')
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 11 October 1791
NPG D12394

William Pitt ('The vulture of the constitution')
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 3 January 1789
NPG D12395

Messenger Monsey ('Ornaments of Chelsea Hospital; - or - a peep into the last century')
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 19 January 1789
NPG D12396

'Brunswick triumphant! or - the battle of the blood's, - pure, and contaminated'
by James Gillray, published by James Aitken
published 23 May 1789
NPG D12400

'A scene on Tuesday the 26th of May between a prince - and - a poltron'
by James Gillray, published by James Aitken
published 27 May 1789
NPG D12401

William Pitt
by James Gillray, published by John Harris
published 9 April 1789
NPG D12402

William Pitt
by James Gillray, published by John Harris
published 28 May 1789
NPG D12403

'The coward comforted, - or - a scene immediately after the duel'
by James Gillray, published by James Aitken
published 29 May 1789
NPG D12404

'Hyde-Park; - Sunday, - or - both hemispheres of the world in a sweat'
by James Gillray, published by James Aitken
published 1 June 1789
NPG D12405

'France freedom Britain slavery'
by James Gillray, published by James Aitken
published 28 July 1789
NPG D12406

'The generae of patriotism, - or - the Bloomsbury farmer, planting Bedfordshire wheat'
probably by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 3 February 1796
NPG D12407

'John-Bull, baited by the dogs of excise'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 9 April 1790
NPG D12408

Philip Thicknesse
by James Gillray, published by James Ridgway
published 14 September 1790
NPG D12410

'Bandelures' (King George IV; Maria Anne Fitzherbert (née Smythe); Richard Brinsley Sheridan)
by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
published 28 February 1791
NPG D12412

'Oh! That this too too solid flesh would melt'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 20 March 1791
NPG D12413

Margaret's ghost' (Elizabeth Gunning; Susannah Gunning (née Minifie); Peg Minifie)
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 25 March 1791
NPG D12414

'The accusing spirit which flew up to heavens chancery with the oath...'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 8 April 1791
NPG D12415

'Taming of the shrew : - Katharine & Petruchio : - the modern Quixotte, or what you will'
by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
published 20 April 1791
NPG D12416

'Barbarities in the West Indias [Indies]'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 23 April 1791
NPG D12417

John Boydell ('The monster broke loose - or - a peep into the Shakespeare Gallery')
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 26 April 1791
NPG D12418

'The impeachment, - or - 'the father of the gang, turnd Kings evidence''
by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
published May 1791
NPG D12419

Thomas Paine
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 23 May 1791
NPG D12420

'Britannia'
probably by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 25 June 1791
NPG D12421

'French democrats surprising the royal runaways'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 27 June 1791
NPG D12422

'The National Assembly petrified. The National Assembly revivified'
by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
published 28 June 1791
NPG D12423

Sarah Archer (née West), Lady Archer ('The finishing touch')
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 29 September 1791
NPG D12424

Albinia, Countess of Buckinghamshire ('La derniere ressource; - or - Van-Buchells garters')
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 3 October 1791
NPG D12425

Juliana Elizabeth Schwellenberg ('An angel, gliding on a sun-beam into paradise')
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 11 October 1791
NPG D12426

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