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'Promis'd horrors of the French invasion, - or - forcible reasons for negotiating a regicide peace'

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'Promis'd horrors of the French invasion, - or - forcible reasons for negotiating a regicide peace', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey, published 20 October 1796 - NPG D12579 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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'Promis'd horrors of the French invasion, - or - forcible reasons for negotiating a regicide peace'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 20 October 1796
12 3/4 in. x 17 1/4 in. (325 mm x 437 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1947
Reference Collection
NPG D12579


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  • James Gillray (1756-1815), Caricaturist. Artist associated with 881 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
  • Hannah Humphrey (active 1778-1822), Publisher and printseller. Artist associated with 717 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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A satire on the Opposition and the possibilities of invasion, on Pitt's peace overtures and Burke's pamphlets, Thoughts on a Regicide Peace. French troops march up St James's Street; Pitt, tied to a 'tree of Liberty' is flogged by Fox. Burke is tossed by the ox (Duke of Bedford). The French raiding White's toss the Royal Dukes over the balcony; the Opposition holds Brooks's with Sheridan taking in the spoils.

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