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'Les membres du Conseil des Cinq Cents'

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'Les membres du Conseil des Cinq Cents'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 18 April 1798
10 1/4 in. x 7 5/8 in. (261 mm x 194 mm) plate size; 12 1/4 in. x 8 7/8 in. (312 mm x 226 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1947
Reference Collection
NPG D12637

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Artistsback to top

  • James Gillray (1756-1815), Caricaturist. Artist associated with 881 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
  • Hannah Humphrey (circa 1745-1818), Publisher and printseller. Artist associated with 719 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG D12635: Charles James Fox ('Le Ministre d'Etat, en grand costume') (from same series as)
  • NPG D12636: 'Les membres du Conseil des Anciens' (from same series as)
  • NPG D12638: Francis Russell, 5th Duke of Bedford ('Membre du Directoire Exécutif') (from same series as)
  • NPG D12639: John Horne Tooke ('Président d'Administration Municipale') (from same series as)
  • NPG D12640: John Horne Tooke ('Président d'Administration Municipale') (from same series as)
  • NPG D12641: George Tierney ('Le boureau') (from same series as)
  • NPG D12642: Thomas Erskine, 1st Baron Erskine ('L'Avocat de la Republique') (from same series as)
  • NPG D12643: George Shuckburgh ('Membre de la Haute Cour de Justice') (from same series as)
  • NPG D12644: John Courtenay ('Juge du Tribunal Correctionnel') (from same series as)
  • NPG D12645: John Nicholls ('Juge de Paix') (from same series as)
  • NPG D12646: Sir William Pulteney ('Le Trèsorier') (from same series as)
  • NPG D12647: Sir Francis Burdett, 5th Bt ('Messager d'Etat') (from same series as)

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Current affairs

To meet war costs, William Pitt introduces a Finance Bill which levies income tax for the first time.

Art and science

William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge publish Lyrical Ballads; a key publication for the romantic movement in poetry. Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner opens the volume.
Publisher and printseller Rudolph Ackermann establishes his popular 'Repository of the Arts' shop, gallery, library and social centre on the Strand.


Uprising of the United Irishmen: a republican rebellion which attempted to achieve Ireland's total independence by force with the aid of a French invasion. It was only narrowly defeated.
Battle of the Nile. Napoleon's visionary Egyptian campaign offers British first major victory as Nelson destroys the French fleet.

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