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James Gillray etching A Peep at Christies

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Gillray - A Peep at Christies


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English 19th century caricature by James Gillray.


'A Peep at Christies;-or-Tally-ho, & his Nimeney-pimmeney taking the Morning Lounge' Originally published in 1796, this impression is from Henry Bohn's folio of Gillray's etchings - note the plate is numbered top right and the reverse also has another Gillray etching on it. James Christie, who conducted his first sale on December 5, 1766, was a friend to such celebrated artists as Gainsborough and Reynolds, and his auction house was a gathering place for fashionable London society. Gillray here shows Lord Derby with the actress Elizabeth Farren, studying paintings on view in the exhibition rooms at Christie's. In Gillray's title, 'Tally-ho' refers to Lord Derby's reputation as a great hunter (also reflected in the painting on the wall, 'The Death'), and 'Nimeney-pimmeney' to Miss Farren's successful portrayal of Nimeney-pimmeney in General Burgoyne's The Heiress, a work dedicated to Lord Derby.

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artist James Gillray (1756-1815)
method Etching
date 1851 (originally 1796)
size No
SKU CA2487