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'The royal bull-fight'

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'The royal bull-fight', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey, published 21 November 1795 - NPG D12548 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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'The royal bull-fight'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 21 November 1795
9 3/4 in. x 13 5/8 in. (247 mm x 346 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1947
Reference Collection
NPG D12548


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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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George, Prince of Wales is forced to marry Caroline Amelia Elizabeth of Brunswick, despite having secretly married Maria Fitzherbert in 1785. Widespread rioting prompts the introduction of the Speenhamland system of welfare supplements which are linked to the price of bread. Treasonable Practices Act is passed against open criticism of government.

Art and science

The MP Matthew Gregory 'Monk' Lewis publishes his notorious gothic novel The Monk to success and scandal because of its immoral content. Mungo Park explores the course of the River Niger.

International

Wolfe Tone, founder of The Society of United Irishmen, departs for America after being implicated in high treason in Ireland. Exiled in Philadelphia, he soon leaves for France to ask revolutionaries for assistance. Joseph Haydn composes the English Canzonettas during his second stay in London.

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