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Although best known for his political satires, Gillray also produced etchings based on general current events. Some, such as Andrew Robinson Bowes, Esqr. As he appeared in the Court of Kings Bench (D12353) are straightforward illustrations, with little attempt at caricature. In others such as The cow pock - or - the wonderful effects of the new inoculation (D13037) Gillray uses his visual inventiveness to the full, with horns and miniature cows erupting from the recipients of Jenner’s small pox cure.

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Edward Jenner ('The cow pock - or - the wonderful effects of the new inoculation!')
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 12 June 1802
NPG D13037

'Going to London, through "Epping Forest"'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 3 August 1802
NPG D13038

'Evacuation of Malta' (Napoléon Bonaparte; Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth)
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 9 February 1803
NPG D13039

'Brisk-cathartic'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 28 January 1804
NPG D13040

'Palemon and Lavinia'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 23 January 1805
NPG D13041

' - "And would'st thou turn the vile reproach on me?"'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 2 February 1807
NPG D13043

'The fall of Icarus'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 20 April 1807
NPG D13044

'The sound of the horn! - or - the danger of riding an old-hunter'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 1 December 1807
NPG D13045

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