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James Gillray (1757-1815) is considered the leading caricaturist of his day, and specialized in political satire, finding a wide variety of subjects in his native London and its environs. Much of his work consisted of copperplate etchings, and his prints were sold by William Humphrey, then the largest dealer in England. Gillray had enormous and far-reaching influence on younger artists, and it is a special honor to offer a collection of this size and importance. Twenty-two original hand-colored caricatures are included, dating from Gillray's prolific middle period (1790-1805), and ranging in size from 7 1/2" x 10" to 16 1/2" x 13", with twelve prints measuring 8 1/2" x 11". Napoleon is lampooned in one print, a foxhunting sequence is humorously rendered in another; in a third, Gulliver and the King of Brobdingnag are illustrated. The collection is thematically representative of Gillray's work, and distinguished by its range of subject matter. Some of the prints exhibit fairly minor edge and corner wear, especially along the right margins where several have been removed from their original binding. But such damage is restricted to borders, and the overall condition of these wonderful prints is EX.
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