© National Portrait Gallery, London
'Opposition telegraphs; - or - the little second-sighted lawyer giving a true specimen of patriotic information'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey Click on the links below to find out more
hand-coloured etching, published 23 June 1798
10 3/8 in. x 14 1/4 in. (262 mm x 361 mm) plate size; 11 1/8 in. x 14 7/8 in. (281 mm x 378 mm) paper size
- Joseph Jekyll (1754-1837), Wit, Solicitor-General to the Prince of Wales and politician; MP for Calne. Sitter associated with 16 portraits.
- 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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