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'The giant factotem amusing himself'

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'The giant factotem amusing himself', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey, published 21 January 1797 - NPG D12593 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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'The giant factotem amusing himself'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 21 January 1797
14 3/8 in. x 10 3/8 in. (366 mm x 264 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1947
Reference Collection
NPG D12593


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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 718 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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Pitt is shown dominating the House of Commons. He turns to his followers, his right foot supported by Wilberforce and Dundas; his left foot curshes the leaders of the Opposition, Erskine, Sheridan and Fox. The print can be related to the debate of 30 December 1796 when Pitt moved the continuence of the war.

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