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James Gillray Westminster Conscripts caricature etching

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Gillray - Westminster Conscripts under the Training Act


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English 19th century caricature by James Gillray.


Originally published in 1806, 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. Depicts Lord Lauderdale (the Scottish Dove), Napoleon, Talleyrand, Charles Fox, Lord Erskine, Lord Ellenborough. Lord Temple, Lord H. Petty. Lord Moira, Sherida, Lord Grenville, Lord Sidmouth. Colonel Hanger, Windham and Lord Howick. The Broad-Bottom Ministers were willing to ground arms or, in other words, to make an ignominious peace with the enemy. Napoloeon is the Drill Serjeant and has given the command to ground arms. Talleyrand is the Constable of the corps. Fox is brought in his sick chair to act as Drummer to the conscripts. The Prince of Wales's fathers are on the back of his chair.

Additional Information

artist James Gillray (1756-1815)
method Etching
date C1850 (originally 1806)
size 260mm by 360mm (platemark)
SKU CA4430