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King George III was not an especially unpopular monarch and while Gillray features him in many satirical prints, he is not caricatured in an especially cruel way. For some reason, Gillray reserved a special venom for George III's wife, Queen Charlotte. In Anti-saccharrites, - or - John Bull and his family leaving off the use of sugar (D12933) for example, Queen Charlotte's features are grotesquely exaggerated, with her gap-toothed smile revealing teeth filed to sharp points. In comparison, the features of the king and the royal daughters are only mildly caricatured. The reason for Gillray's animosity to Queen Charlotte is unclear.

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'The soldier's return; - or - rare news for old England'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 14 November 1791
NPG D12430

'A uniform whig' (King George III; Edmund Burke)
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 16 November 1791
NPG D12431

'The introduction'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 22 November 1791
NPG D12432

'Frying sprats, toasting muffins' (Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz; King George III)
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 28 November 1791
NPG D12433

'The York-minuet'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 14 December 1791
NPG D12434

William Pitt ('An excrescence; - a fungus; - alias - a toad-stool upon a dung-hill')
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 20 December 1791
NPG D12435

'Wierd sisters; ministers of darkness; minions of the moon'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 23 December 1791
NPG D12436

'The York-reverence; - or - city-loyalty, amply rewarded'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 27 December 1791
NPG D12437

'A sphere, projecting against a plane' (William Pitt; Albinia, Countess of Buckinghamshire)
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 3 January 1792
NPG D12438

Lady Cecilia Johnston
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published February 1792
NPG D12439

William Wyndham Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 1 February 1792
NPG D12440

'Malagrida, driving post'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 16 March 1792
NPG D12441

William Pitt ('The bottomless-Pitt')
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 16 March 1792
NPG D12442

Charles James Fox ('Design for the new gallery of busts and pictures')
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 17 March 1792
NPG D12443

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