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"The Friend of the People" & his Petty-New-Tax-Gatherer, paying John Bull a visit

James Gillray

"The Friend of the People" & his Petty-New-Tax-Gatherer, paying John Bull a visit


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ArtistJames Gillray (1756-1815)
Title"The Friend of the People" & his Petty-New-Tax-Gatherer, paying John Bull a visit
Date28 May 1806
MediumColoured etching
ProvenanceForwood's, Hay-on-Wye; HM Revenue and Customs, Somerset House; transferred to GAC, 2012
Dimensionsheight: 39.60 cm, width: 28.50 cm
PublishedH. Humphrey, 27 St. James's Street, London, 28 May 1806
AcquisitionTransferred from HM Revenue and Customs, December 2012
LocationOther, public exhibitions,
GAC number18462
 

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James Gillray

James Gillray was a draughtsman, etcher and engraver of caricatures, mainly after his own designs. He studied at the Royal Academy Schools and learned the technique of stipple engraving from William Wynne Ryland and Francesco Bartolozzi. Gillray produced several serious plates in this medium after his own designs and after paintings by Northcote, while simultaneously establishing himself as a caricaturist. By the end of 1791 all his caricatures were published by Mrs Hannah Humphrey, with whom he lived for the rest of his life. In 1807 his eyesight began to deteriorate and in the same year he had a breakdown. By 1810 he was considered insane. Gillray attempted suicide the following year, eventually dying at his home in Westminster, aged 58.