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Regency Portraits Catalogue

James Gillray (1756-1815), Caricaturist

Self-caricature in Draper Hill collection (reproduced Draper Hill, Mr Gillray the Caricaturist, 1965, plate 130). Mr Hill also suggests that Gillray introduced his own portrait into several of his satires, for instance as the Devil in 'A Warm Birth for the Old Administration', 2 April 1782 (BM 5970) and in 'Black Dick turn'd Taylor', 4 February 1788 (BM 7262), and as blind John Bull in 'Promis'd Horrors of the French Invasion', 20 April 1796 (BM 8826).
Hill also suggests Gillray as the subject of 'An Old Bachelor' by George Woodward and etched by Rowlandson for G. A. Stevens, A Lecture on Heads (BM 11170).

Self-portrait miniature (NPG 83).

Drawing by unknown artist (perhaps Charles Turner) (NPG 3650).

The fearsome drawing 'Pray Pity the Sorrows of a Poor Blind Man', formerly L. G. Duke collection then Sotheby's 21 May 1970 (61) bought Spink, reveals Gillray in the process of disintegration.

Pencil profile in New York Public Library.

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Walker, Regency Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, 1985, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.