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As well as his more familiar caricatures and political satires, Gillray also produced a smaller number of ‘straight’ prints. These range from a series showing Turkish costumes, including The Grand Sultan (D12491), to genre pictures such as The triumph of benevolence (D13059). An element of humour or satire can be detected even in these apparently serious prints however. Perhaps most noteworthy is Gillray's attempt to produce a straightforward portrait of Prime Minister William Pitt (D13068). Despite Gillray's best efforts the face is virtually a caricature. His publisher refused to produce the agreed number of prints, so Gillray engraved a second plate for another publisher; this again was a failure.

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'Tom Jones, Partridge and the Beggar', by James Gillray, published by  Thomas Macklin - NPG D12285

'Tom Jones, Partridge and the Beggar'

by James Gillray, published by Thomas Macklin
stipple engraving, published 14 September 1780
NPG D12285

'Sophia, Honour and the Chambermaid', by James Gillray, published by  Thomas Macklin - NPG D12286

'Sophia, Honour and the Chambermaid'

by James Gillray, published by Thomas Macklin
stipple engraving, published 1 August 1780
NPG D12286

William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne ('Sketched by Humphrey - spoil'd by Gillray'), by James Gillray, published by  Robert Wilkinson, after  William Humphrey - NPG D12295

William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne ('Sketched by Humphrey - spoil'd by Gillray')

by James Gillray, published by Robert Wilkinson, after William Humphrey
crayon manner engraving, published 1 November 1781
NPG D12295

'Remorse', by James Gillray, published by  Robert Wilkinson - NPG D12341

'Remorse'

by James Gillray, published by Robert Wilkinson
stipple engraving, published 13 May 1783
NPG D12341

'The deserted village', by James Gillray, published by  Robert Wilkinson - NPG D13049

'The deserted village'

by James Gillray, published by Robert Wilkinson
stipple and line engraving, published 4 June 1784
NPG D13049

'L'enfant trouvé', by James Gillray, published by  Susannah Vivares - NPG D12350

'L'enfant trouvé'

by James Gillray, published by Susannah Vivares
stipple engraving, published 4 April 1785
NPG D12350

'Col. Gardiner's last interview with his wife and daughter', by James Gillray, published by  Robert Wilkinson - NPG D13050

'Col. Gardiner's last interview with his wife and daughter'

by James Gillray, published by Robert Wilkinson
stipple and line engraving, published 1 February 1786
NPG D13050

'The tender mother', by James Gillray, published by  Susannah Vivares, after  Lavinia Spencer (née Bingham), Countess Spencer - NPG D13057

'The tender mother'

by James Gillray, published by Susannah Vivares, after Lavinia Spencer (née Bingham), Countess Spencer
stipple engraving, published 27 February 1787
NPG D13057

'The happy mother', by James Gillray, published by  Susannah Vivares, after  Lavinia Spencer (née Bingham), Countess Spencer - NPG D13058

'The happy mother'

by James Gillray, published by Susannah Vivares, after Lavinia Spencer (née Bingham), Countess Spencer
stipple engraving, published 27 February 1787
NPG D13058

'The loss of the Halsewell East Indiaman', by James Gillray, published by  Robert Wilkinson, after  James Northcote - NPG D13063

'The loss of the Halsewell East Indiaman'

by James Gillray, published by Robert Wilkinson, after James Northcote
line engraving, etching and stipple, published 4 June 1787
NPG D13063

John Howard ('The triumph of benevolence'), by James Gillray, published by  Robert Wilkinson - NPG D13059

John Howard ('The triumph of benevolence')

by James Gillray, published by Robert Wilkinson
stipple and line engraving, published 21 April 1788
NPG D13059

William Pitt, by James Gillray, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D13068

William Pitt

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
line engraving, published 20 February 1789
NPG D13068

Philip Thicknesse, by James Gillray, published by  James Ridgway - NPG D12410

Philip Thicknesse

by James Gillray, published by James Ridgway
etching, published 14 September 1790
NPG D12410

'General Count Clairfayt', by James Gillray, published by  Valentine Green, and published by  Rupert Green, and published by  Christian von Mechel, after  Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg - NPG D12489

'General Count Clairfayt'

by James Gillray, published by Valentine Green, and published by Rupert Green, and published by Christian von Mechel, after Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg
stipple engraving, published 23 June 1794
NPG D12489

'The Grand Sultan', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12491

'The Grand Sultan'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 1 November 1794
NPG D12491

'A valet de chambre of the Grand Sultan', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12492

'A valet de chambre of the Grand Sultan'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 1 November 1794
NPG D12492

'A common Turk', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12493

'A common Turk'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 1 November 1794
NPG D12493

'A Turkish woman of Constantinople', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12494

'A Turkish woman of Constantinople'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 1 November 1794
NPG D12494

'The sword-bearer of the Great Sultan', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12495

'The sword-bearer of the Great Sultan'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 1 November 1794
NPG D12495

'The Grand Viser, in his habit of ceremony', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12496

'The Grand Viser, in his habit of ceremony'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 1 November 1794
NPG D12496