Artist Establishment

Gillray's relationship with the art establishment was strained. He aimed to make a career in reproductive engraving, but he was rejected by print publishers such as John Boydell. Gillray also resented the lowly status accorded to engravers by the Royal Academy, which did not permit them full membership. In Shakespeare sacrificed; - or - the offering to avarice (D13069) for example, he attacks both targets: Gillray suggests that greed rather than patriotism lay behind Boydell's establishment of a Shakespeare Gallery, a project to which he had not been invited to contribute; the print also includes a number of digs at the Royal Academy, such as the boy with the palette excluding the boy with an engraver's burin from the charmed circle.

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'Matrimonial-harmonics'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 25 October 1805
NPG D12850

'The surrender of Ulm - or - Buonapartè & Genl Mack, coming to a right understanding'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 6 November 1805
NPG D12851

'Elements of skateing - a fundamental error in the art of skaiting'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 24 November 1805
NPG D12852

'Elements of skateing - making the most of a passing-friend, in a case of emergency!'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 24 November 1805
NPG D12853

'Elements of skateing - the consequence of going before the wind'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 24 November 1805
NPG D12854

'Elements of skateing - attitude! - attitude is every thing!'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 24 November 1805
NPG D12855

'The cabinetical-balance'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 16 February 1806
NPG D12859

'Making-decent; - i.e. - Broad-Bottomites getting into the grand costume'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 20 February 1806
NPG D12860

'A tub for the whale'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 14 March 1806
NPG D12862

'The magnanimous-minister, chastising Prussian-perfidy'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 2 May 1806
NPG D12865

'The bear and his leader'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 19 May 1806
NPG D12866

'"The friend of the people", and his petty-new-tax-gatherer, paying John Bull a visit'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 28 May 1806
NPG D12867

'The triumph of Quassia'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 10 June 1806
NPG D12868

'Bruin in his boat, - or - the manager in distress'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 20 June 1806
NPG D12869

'Sketch for a monument of disappointed-justice'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 9 July 1806
NPG D12870

'Visiting the sick'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 28 July 1806
NPG D12871

'Westminster conscripts under the training act'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 1 September 1806
NPG D12872

'The rake's progress at the university, no 1'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 22 October 1806
NPG D12874

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