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'Pity the sorrows of a poor old man'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey Click on the links below to find out more
hand-coloured etching, published 25 February 1796
13 3/4 in. x 9 5/8 in. (349 mm x 245 mm) plate size; 14 1/4 in. x 10 1/8 in. (361 mm x 256 mm) paper size
- 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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