4 of 7 portraits of James Gillray
by Charles Turner, after James Gillray
mezzotint, published 1819 (circa 1800)
11 3/8 in. x 8 1/4 in. (288 mm x 208 mm) sheet size
Given by Henry Witte Martin, 1861
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- James Gillray (1756-1815), Caricaturist. Sitter in 7 portraits, Artist associated with 881 portraits.
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