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Collectors and connoisseurs

The foibles of rich men form a rich area for satire and Gillray often targeted art collectors. In A cognocenti contemplating ye beauties of ye antique (D12755), he used objects associated with Sir William Hamilton's interest in the antique to make fun of his domestic situation: at this time his wife Emma was having an affair with Nelson. On the table in front of Hamilton is a broken bust of Lais, an ancient Greek courtesan, representing Emma. Emma and Nelson are also shown on the wall in contemporary portraits labelled 'Cleopatra' and 'Mark Antony', while Hamilton's own image, labelled 'Claudius', is in a frame surmounted by cuckold's horns.

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Sir William Hamilton ('From Sir William Hamilton's collection')
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 8 May 1801
NPG D12761

'Playing in parts'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey, after Brownlow North
published 15 May 1801
NPG D12762

'Lilliputian-substitutes, equiping for public service'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 28 May 1801
NPG D12763

'Every rogue is a coward'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 6 June 1801
NPG D12764

'Be gone dull care, - I prithee begone from me!'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 16 June 1801
NPG D12765

Polly Lyon de Symons (née Goldsmid) ('A lyoness')
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 13 July 1801
NPG D12767

'Preliminaries of peace! - or - John Bull, and his little friends "marching to Paris"'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 6 October 1801
NPG D12768

'Political dreamings! - Visions of peace! - Perspective horrors!'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 9 November 1801
NPG D12769

'Metallic-tractors'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 11 November 1801
NPG D12770

'Forming a line on the parade'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 12 November 1801
NPG D12771

Thomas Ogle (' - "Don't tell me of Major Semple! - ..."')
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 18 November 1801
NPG D12772

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