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'The board of controul, or the blessings of a Scotch dictator'
by James Gillray, published by R. Phillips Click on the links below to find out more
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 20 March 1787
10 3/4 in. x 14 5/8 in. (272 mm x 373 mm) plate size; 12 in. x 16 in. (305 mm x 405 mm) paper size
- James Gillray (1756-1815), Caricaturist. Artist associated with 881 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
- R. Phillips (active 1787). Artist associated with 3 portraits.
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