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'Horrors of the Irish-Union; - botheration of poor Pat - or - a whisper across the Channel'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey Click on the links below to find out more
hand-coloured etching, published 24 December 1798
9 5/8 in. x 14 1/8 in. (244 mm x 360 mm) plate size; 10 in. x 14 1/4 in. (253 mm x 363 mm) paper size
- Charles James Fox (1749-1806), Whig statesman. Sitter associated with 299 portraits.
- Michael Angelo Taylor (circa 1757-1834), Barrister and politician; MP for Poole, Ilchester and City of Durham. Sitter associated with 35 portraits.
- George Tierney (1761-1830), Politician; MP for Southwark and Knaresborough. Sitter associated with 50 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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