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James Gillray etchings, 1777-1811 (1790-94)

The Heinz Archive holds a significant collection of James Gillray prints, bound in 8 folio volumes, including an 'outsize' album containing some of the artist's largest and most impressive caricatures. The volumes, purchased in 1947 from the print/book dealer Thomas Thorp, came from the collections of Ralph Clutton and John Roland Abbey (1894-1969), whose bookplates appear within each volume. The 846 prints represent approximately 90% of Gillray's entire oeuvre and include many of his most ambitious creations, such as 'Titianus Redivivus' (1797) and 'Shakespeare Sacrificed' (1789) as well as a number of his less familiar non-satirical items such as the engraving of William Pitt (1789). The prints are invariably in excellent condition and the hand-colouring retains its original vibrancy.

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James Gillray, by Unknown artist - NPG 3650

James Gillray

by Unknown artist
watercolour, circa 1810
On display in Room 16 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3650

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

'John-Bull, baited by the dogs of excise'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 9 April 1790
NPG D12408

Philip Thicknesse, by James Gillray, published by  James Ridgway - NPG D12410

Philip Thicknesse

by James Gillray, published by James Ridgway
etching, published 14 September 1790
NPG D12410

'Smelling out a rat; - or - the atheistical-revolutionist disturbed in his midnight 'calculations'', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12411

'Smelling out a rat; - or - the atheistical-revolutionist disturbed in his midnight 'calculations''

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 3 December 1790
NPG D12411

'Wierd sisters; ministers of darkness; minions of the moon', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12436

'Wierd sisters; ministers of darkness; minions of the moon'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 23 December 1791
NPG D12436

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

'Bandelures' (King George IV; Maria Anne Fitzherbert (née Smythe); Richard Brinsley Sheridan)

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
etching and stipple, published 28 February 1791
NPG D12412

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

'Oh! That this too too solid flesh would melt'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 20 March 1791
NPG D12413

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

Margaret's ghost' (Elizabeth Gunning; Susannah Gunning (née Minifie); Peg Minifie)

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, 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 - NPG D12415

'The accusing spirit which flew up to heavens chancery with the oath...'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, 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 - NPG D12416

'Taming of the shrew : - Katharine & Petruchio : - the modern Quixotte, or what you will'

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 20 April 1791
NPG D12416

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

'Barbarities in the West Indias [Indies]'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, 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 - NPG D12418

John Boydell ('The monster broke loose - or - a peep into the Shakespeare Gallery')

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, 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 - NPG D12419

'The impeachment, - or - 'the father of the gang, turnd Kings evidence''

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published May 1791
NPG D12419

Thomas Paine, by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12420

Thomas Paine

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 23 May 1791
NPG D12420

'Britannia', probably by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12421

'Britannia'

probably by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 25 June 1791
NPG D12421

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

'French democrats surprising the royal runaways'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 27 June 1791
NPG D12422

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

'The National Assembly petrified. The National Assembly revivified'

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 28 June 1791
NPG D12423

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

Sarah Archer (née West), Lady Archer ('The finishing touch')

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 29 September 1791
NPG D12424

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

Albinia, Countess of Buckinghamshire ('La derniere ressource; - or - Van-Buchells garters')

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, 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 - NPG D12426

Juliana Elizabeth Schwellenberg ('An angel, gliding on a sun-beam into paradise')

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 11 October 1791
NPG D12426

Maria Anne Fitzherbert (née Smythe) ('Patent-bolsters; - le moyèn d'etre en-bon-point'), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12427

Maria Anne Fitzherbert (née Smythe) ('Patent-bolsters; - le moyèn d'etre en-bon-point')

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 13 October 1791
NPG D12427

Emma Edgcumbe (née Gilbert), Countess of Mount Edgcumbe ('A witch, upon a mount's edge'), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12428

Emma Edgcumbe (née Gilbert), Countess of Mount Edgcumbe ('A witch, upon a mount's edge')

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 17 October 1791
NPG D12428

'Les trois magots', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12429

'Les trois magots'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 1 November 1791
NPG D12429

'The soldier's return; - or - rare news for old England', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12430

'The soldier's return; - or - rare news for old England'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and stipple engraving, published 14 November 1791
NPG D12430

'A uniform whig' (King George III; Edmund Burke), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12431

'A uniform whig' (King George III; Edmund Burke)

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 16 November 1791
NPG D12431

'The introduction', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12432

'The introduction'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 22 November 1791
NPG D12432

'Frying sprats, toasting muffins' (Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz; King George III), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12433

'Frying sprats, toasting muffins' (Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz; King George III)

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 28 November 1791
NPG D12433

'The York-minuet', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12434

'The York-minuet'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 14 December 1791
NPG D12434

William Pitt ('An excrescence; - a fungus; - alias - a toad-stool upon a dung-hill'), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12435

William Pitt ('An excrescence; - a fungus; - alias - a toad-stool upon a dung-hill')

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 20 December 1791
NPG D12435

'The York-reverence; - or - city-loyalty, amply rewarded', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12437

'The York-reverence; - or - city-loyalty, amply rewarded'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 27 December 1791
NPG D12437

'A Connoisseur examining a Cooper' (Oliver Cromwell (in portrait); King George III), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12459

'A Connoisseur examining a Cooper' (Oliver Cromwell (in portrait); King George III)

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured stipple engraving, published 18 June 1792
NPG D12459

King George IV ('A voluptuary under the horrors of digestion'), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12460

King George IV ('A voluptuary under the horrors of digestion')

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured stipple engraving, published 2 July 1792
NPG D12460

'A sphere, projecting against a plane' (William Pitt; Albinia, Countess of Buckinghamshire), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12438

'A sphere, projecting against a plane' (William Pitt; Albinia, Countess of Buckinghamshire)

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 3 January 1792
NPG D12438

Lady Cecilia Johnston, by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12439

Lady Cecilia Johnston

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published February 1792
NPG D12439

William Wyndham Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville, by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12440

William Wyndham Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 1 February 1792
NPG D12440

'Malagrida, driving post', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12441

'Malagrida, driving post'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and soft-ground etching, published 16 March 1792
NPG D12441

William Pitt ('The bottomless-Pitt'), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12442

William Pitt ('The bottomless-Pitt')

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 16 March 1792
NPG D12442

Charles James Fox ('Design for the new gallery of busts and pictures'), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12443

Charles James Fox ('Design for the new gallery of busts and pictures')

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 17 March 1792
NPG D12443

'A back view of the cape', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12444

'A back view of the cape'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 23 March 1792
NPG D12444

'Neck or nothing', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12445

'Neck or nothing'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 23 March 1792
NPG D12445

'Anti-saccharrites, - or - John Bull and his family leaving off the use of sugar', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12446

'Anti-saccharrites, - or - John Bull and his family leaving off the use of sugar'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 27 March 1792
NPG D12446

'Modern hospitality, - or - a friendly party in high life', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12447

'Modern hospitality, - or - a friendly party in high life'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 31 March 1792
NPG D12447

Frederica Charlotte Ulrica Catherina, Duchess of York and Albany, by Charlotte Zethen, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12448

Frederica Charlotte Ulrica Catherina, Duchess of York and Albany

by Charlotte Zethen, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured stipple engraving, published 10 April 1792
On display in Room 16 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG D12448

'Patriots amusing themselves; - or - Swedes practising at a post', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12449

'Patriots amusing themselves; - or - Swedes practising at a post'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 19 April 1792
NPG D12449

'Austrian bugaboo, funking the French army', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12451

'Austrian bugaboo, funking the French army'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 12 May 1792
NPG D12451

'A duet' (Thomas Vanhagen?), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12452

'A duet' (Thomas Vanhagen?)

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 14 May 1792
NPG D12452

'Spouting' (Elizabeth Bridget Fox (née Cane); Charles James Fox), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12453

'Spouting' (Elizabeth Bridget Fox (née Cane); Charles James Fox)

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 14 May 1792
NPG D12453

'A Spencer and a thread-paper', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12454

'A Spencer and a thread-paper'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 17 May 1792
NPG D12454

'Scotch Harry's news; - or - nincumpoop in high glee', by James Gillray, published by  James Aitken - NPG D12455

'Scotch Harry's news; - or - nincumpoop in high glee'

by James Gillray, published by James Aitken
hand-coloured etching, published 23 May 1792
NPG D12455

'Vices overlook'd in the new proclamation', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12456

'Vices overlook'd in the new proclamation'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 24 May 1792
NPG D12456

'The fall of the Wolsey of the woolsack', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12457

'The fall of the Wolsey of the woolsack'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 24 May 1792
NPG D12457

'Sin, Death, and the Devil', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12458

'Sin, Death, and the Devil'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 9 June 1792
NPG D12458

'Temperance enjoying a frugal meal' (Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz; King George III), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12461

'Temperance enjoying a frugal meal' (Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz; King George III)

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured stipple engraving, published 28 July 1792
NPG D12461

'The visit to Piccadilly; - or - a Prussian reception', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12462

'The visit to Piccadilly; - or - a Prussian reception'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 12 July 1792
NPG D12462

'The reception of the diplomatique and his suite, at the Court of Pekin', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12463

'The reception of the diplomatique and his suite, at the Court of Pekin'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 14 September 1792
NPG D12463

'Tom Paine's nightly pest' (Charles James Fox; Thomas Paine; Joseph Priestley), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12464

'Tom Paine's nightly pest' (Charles James Fox; Thomas Paine; Joseph Priestley)

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 26 November 1792
NPG D12464

William Pitt ('John Bull bother'd; - or - the geese alarming the capitol'), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12465

William Pitt ('John Bull bother'd; - or - the geese alarming the capitol')

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 19 December 1792
NPG D12465

'French liberty British slavery', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12466

'French liberty British slavery'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 21 December 1792
NPG D12466

'The dagger scene; - or - the plot discover'd', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12467

'The dagger scene; - or - the plot discover'd'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 30 December 1792
NPG D12467