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Blowing up the Pic Nic's; - or - Harlequin Quixotte attacking the puppets (D12786) shows an attack by professional actors, led by the playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan, on the amateur performers of the Pic Nic Society. Sheridan, often in heavy debt, felt that the performances of these wealthy amateurs amounted to unfair competition. The tricolour cockade in his hat reflects his earlier support for the French Revolution, but may also symbolise his antagonism towards the wealthy and titled performers on stage. As always, Gillray seems to treat the professional and amateur actors equally satirically.

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'The theatrical war', by James Gillray, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D12366

'The theatrical war'

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 30 June 1787
NPG D12366

Rose Didelot ('No flower that blows, is like this Rose'), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12564

Rose Didelot ('No flower that blows, is like this Rose')

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 12 April 1796
NPG D12564

Rose Didelot ('Operatical reform; - or - la dance a l'eveque'), by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12562

Rose Didelot ('Operatical reform; - or - la dance a l'eveque')

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 14 March 1798
NPG D12562

Napoleon Bonaparte, by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12671

Napoleon Bonaparte

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 8 December 1798
NPG D12671

'Blowing up the Pic Nic's; - or - Harlequin Quixotte attacking the puppets', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12786

'Blowing up the Pic Nic's; - or - Harlequin Quixotte attacking the puppets'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 2 April 1802
NPG D12786

'Dilettanti-theatricals: - or - a peep at the green room', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D13099

'Dilettanti-theatricals: - or - a peep at the green room'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured soft-ground etching, published 18 February 1803
NPG D13099

'Theatrical mendicants, relieved', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12915

'Theatrical mendicants, relieved'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 15 January 1809
NPG D12915