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James Gillray

(1756-1815), Caricaturist

Sitter in 7 portraits
Artist associated with 881 portraits
Gillray was the greatest and most definitive satirist of the age. Producing caricatures of politics and social life, often directed at the Royal Family.

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William Pitt, by James Gillray - NPG 135a

William Pitt

by James Gillray
watercolour, 1789
NPG 135a

James Gillray, by James Gillray - NPG 83

James Gillray

by James Gillray
watercolour on ivory, circa 1800
On display in Room 17 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 83

'The country politicians', by James Gillray, published by  William Richardson - NPG D12277

'The country politicians'

by James Gillray, published by William Richardson
hand-coloured etching, published 7 March 1777
NPG D12277

'Female curiosity', by James Gillray, published by  William Humphrey - NPG D12976

'Female curiosity'

by James Gillray, published by William Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 1 December 1778
NPG D12976

'Paddy on horse-back', by James Gillray, published by  William Humphrey - NPG D12278

'Paddy on horse-back'

by James Gillray, published by William Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 4 March 1779
NPG D12278

William Markham ('The church militant'), by James Gillray, published by  William Humphrey - NPG D12279

William Markham ('The church militant')

by James Gillray, published by William Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 5 September 1779
NPG D12279

'The liberty of the subject', by James Gillray, published by  William Humphrey - NPG D12280

'The liberty of the subject'

by James Gillray, published by William Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 15 October 1779
NPG D12280

'Apothecaries - taylors, &c. conquering France and Spain', probably by James Gillray, published by  William Humphrey - NPG D12292

'Apothecaries - taylors, &c. conquering France and Spain'

probably by James Gillray, published by William Humphrey
etching, published 29 September 1779
NPG D12292

'The whore's last shift', by James Gillray, published by  William Humphrey - NPG D12977

'The whore's last shift'

by James Gillray, published by William Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 9 February 1779
NPG D12977

'Sawney in the bog-house', by James Gillray, published by  Mrs Holt - NPG D12978

'Sawney in the bog-house'

by James Gillray, published by Mrs Holt
hand-coloured etching, published 4 June 1779
NPG D12978

'John Bull triumphant', by James Gillray, published by  William Humphrey - NPG D12283

'John Bull triumphant'

by James Gillray, published by William Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 4 January 1780
NPG D12283

'Argus', by James Gillray, published by  W. Renegal - NPG D12284

'Argus'

by James Gillray, published by W. Renegal
hand-coloured etching, published 15 May 1780
NPG D12284

'Jones, Partridge and the cripple', by James Gillray, published by  Thomas Macklin - NPG D12285

'Jones, Partridge and the cripple'

by James Gillray, published by Thomas Macklin
stipple engraving, published 14 September 1780
NPG D12285

'Sophie, Honour and the chambermaid', by James Gillray, published by  Thomas Macklin - NPG D12286

'Sophie, Honour and the chambermaid'

by James Gillray, published by Thomas Macklin
stipple engraving, published 1 August 1780
NPG D12286

'National discourse', probably by James Gillray, published by  William Humphrey - NPG D12287

'National discourse'

probably by James Gillray, published by William Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 9 August 1780
NPG D12287

'And Adam had power over all the beasts of the earth', probably by James Gillray, published by  William Humphrey - NPG D12288

'And Adam had power over all the beasts of the earth'

probably by James Gillray, published by William Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 9 January 1780
NPG D12288

'Ah, grant a me von letel bite', by James Gillray, published by  William Humphrey - NPG D12291

'Ah, grant a me von letel bite'

by James Gillray, published by William Humphrey
etching, published 1 December 1780
NPG D12291

Basil, 6th Earl of Denbigh ('Aquila Hapsburghiensis'), possibly by James Gillray - NPG D12953

Basil, 6th Earl of Denbigh ('Aquila Hapsburghiensis')

possibly by James Gillray
hand-coloured etching, published circa 1780
NPG D12953

Lady Cecilia Johnston, by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12965

Lady Cecilia Johnston

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 18 May 1780
NPG D12965

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