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Gillray etching Connoisseurs examining collection of George Morlands

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Gillray - Connoisseurs examining a collection of George Morlands


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English 19th century caricature by James Gillray.


A reduced version of Gillray's 1807 etching published by John Miller in 1818. The etching depicts William Baillie (1723-1810), art dealer and printmaker, George Baker (1747-1811), art collector, Mr Mitchell (floruit 1807), banker, Mortimer (floruit 1796-1807), picture dealer and restorer, Caleb Whitefoord (1734-1810), diplomat. James Gillray (1756-1815) was a famous English caricaturist.In this etching he satirizes art lovers. The five men are examining a collection of paintings by George Morland (1763-1804). The 'connoisseurs' lack of real taste is epitomised by the foremost figure, Captain Baillie, an engraver, who peers through his glasses the wrong way round. Similarly, Mortimer, a picture dealer and restorer standing to the far right, puffs and spits with grossly protruding lips at a painting of an enormous boar.

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artist After James Gillray
method Etching with original hand-colouring
date 1818
size 240mm by 195mm (image)