Demons

Gillray frequently deployed images of demons to communicate his ideas. In Coalition dance (NPG 12334) for example, the uneasy members of a political coalition dance to the tune of a small impish demon; in The gout (NPG 12692) a demon is used in a far more direct way to symbolise the extreme pain caused by the medical condition which was often the subject of eighteenth century humour.

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'A meeting of umbrellas'
by James Gillray, published by William Humphrey
published 25 January 1782
NPG D12299

Samuel Johnson ('Old wisdom blinking at the stars')
by James Gillray, published by W. Rennie
published 10 March 1782
NPG D12300

'Dame rat, and her poor little ones'
by James Gillray, published by J. Browning
published 26 March 1782
NPG D12301

'Aside he turn'd for envy, yet with jealous leer malign, eyd them askance'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 12 December 1782
NPG D12302

'The German dancing master'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 5 April 1782
NPG D12303

'Banco to the knave'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 12 April 1782
NPG D12304

'Britania's assassination. Or the Repulicans amusement'
by James Gillray, published by Elizabeth d'Achery
published 10 May 1782
NPG D12305

'Rodney introducing de Grasse'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 7 June 1782
NPG D12306

'Irish gratitude' (Henry Flood?; Henry Grattan; Edmond Sexton Pery, Viscount Pery)
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 13 June 1782
NPG D12307

'St George and the dragon' (Charles James Fox; George Bridges Rodney, 1st Baron Rodney)
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 13 June 1782
NPG D12308

'Monuments lately discovered on Salisbury Plain'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 15 June 1782
NPG D12309

'Gloria Mundi, or - the Devil addressing the sun'
by James Gillray, published by William Humphrey
published 22 July 1782
NPG D12310

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