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While some in Britain greeted the French Revolution with interest, Gillray was critical almost from the start. His print The hopes of the party, prior to July 14th (D13074) imagines the execution of George III by radicals including Fox and Sheridan. It is remarkable for having been published eighteen months before the execution of Louis XVI. The date refers to the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, on which day a celebratory dinner had been held at the Crown and Anchor tavern on the Strand, shown in the background. A more straightforward expression of Gillray's feelings about Revolutionary France is provided by French liberty British slavery (D12466).

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'France freedom Britain slavery', by James Gillray, published by  James Aitken - NPG D12406

'France freedom Britain slavery'

by James Gillray, published by James Aitken
hand-coloured etching, published 28 July 1789
NPG D12406

Thomas Paine, by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12420

Thomas Paine

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 23 May 1791
NPG D12420

'French democrats surprising the royal runaways', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12422

'French democrats surprising the royal runaways'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 27 June 1791
NPG D12422

'The National Assembly petrified. The National Assembly revivified', by James Gillray, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D12423

'The National Assembly petrified. The National Assembly revivified'

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 28 June 1791
NPG D12423

'A Birmingham toast, as given on the 14th of July, by the - Revolution Society', by James Gillray, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D13075

'A Birmingham toast, as given on the 14th of July, by the - Revolution Society'

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 23 July 1791
NPG D13075

'Austrian bugaboo, funking the French army', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12451

'Austrian bugaboo, funking the French army'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 12 May 1792
NPG D12451

'Tom Paine's nightly pest' (Charles James Fox; Thomas Paine; Joseph Priestley), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12464

'Tom Paine's nightly pest' (Charles James Fox; Thomas Paine; Joseph Priestley)

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 10 December 1792
NPG D12464

'French liberty British slavery', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12466

'French liberty British slavery'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 21 December 1792
NPG D12466

'Sans-culottes, feeding Europe with the bread of liberty', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12469

'Sans-culottes, feeding Europe with the bread of liberty'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 12 January 1793
NPG D12469

'Dumourier dining in state at St James's, on the 15th of May, 1793, by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12474

'Dumourier dining in state at St James's, on the 15th of May, 1793

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 30 March 1793
NPG D12474

Louis XVI, King of France ('The zenith of French glory; - the pinnacle of liberty'), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D13014

Louis XVI, King of France ('The zenith of French glory; - the pinnacle of liberty')

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 12 February 1793
NPG D13014

'A Paris beau', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12485

'A Paris beau'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 29 February 1794
NPG D12485

'A Paris belle', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12486

'A Paris belle'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 29 February 1794
NPG D12486

'The noble sans-culotte', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12487

'The noble sans-culotte'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
etching and aquatint, published 3 May 1794
NPG D12487

'The eruption of the mountain, - or - the horrors of the 'Bocca del Inferno', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12490

'The eruption of the mountain, - or - the horrors of the 'Bocca del Inferno'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 25 July 1794
NPG D12490