4 of 4 portraits on display in Room 17 at the National Portrait Gallery
by James Gillray
watercolour on ivory, circa 1800
3 in. x 2 1/2 in. (76 mm x 64 mm) oval
Given by Charles Bagot, 1859
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- James Gillray (1756-1815), Caricaturist. Sitter in 7 portraits, Artist associated with 881 portraits.
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- James Gillray (1756-1815), Caricaturist. Artist associated with 881 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
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Gillray was the greatest and most definitive political and social caricaturist of the age, producing caricatures of royalty, politics and social life. This self-portrait shows him around 1800 when he was at the height of his powers, turning out formidable Napoleonic satires and siding with William Pitt. The miniature may have been given to his friend and publisher Hannah Humphrey.
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- Holmes, Richard, Insights: The Romantic Poets and Their Circle, 2005, p. 40
- Holmes, Richard, The Romantic Poets and Their Circle, 2013, p. 51
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 247
- Walker, Richard, Miniatures: 300 Years of the English Miniature, 1998, p. 99
- Walker, Richard, Regency Portraits, 1985, p. 215
- Woof, Robert; Hebron, Stephen, Romantic Icons, 1999, p. 35