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Later printing from original plates. Hand coloured. Size: 46 x 34 cm. (18 x 13½ inches) Repair to bottom left corner and three small tears to the bottom margin. Otherwise very good condition. Text under the title: "I often used to Row for my own diversion, as well as that of the Queen & her Ladies, who thought themselves well entertained with my skill & agility, Sometimes I would put up my Sail and shew my art by steering starboard & larboard: -However, my attempts produced nothing else besides a loud laughter, which all the respect due to his Majesty from those about him could not make them contain. This made me reflect, how vain an attempt it is for a man to endeavour to do himself honour among those who are out of all degree of equality or comparison with him." James Gillray (1757 - 1815) was a British caricaturist and printmaker famous for his etched political and social satires. He started his career as a letter engraver which later helped him to support his studies at the Royal Academy. Gillray's incomparable wit and humour, knowledge of life, fertility of resource, and beauty of execution, at once gave him the first place among caricaturists. In his caricatures Gillray was attacking the social follies of the time with scathing satire, and nothing escapes his notice. He is honourably distinguished in the history of caricature by the fact that his sketches are real works of art. The ideas embodied in some of them are sublime and poetically magnificent in their intensity of meaning, while the forthrightness is characteristic of the general freedom of treatment common in all intellectual departments in the 18th century. In 1851 Henry George Bohn put out an edition, from the original plates in a handsome elephant folio, the coarser sketches being published in a separate volume. In recent years Gillray's work has become very collectable. Prices had been climbing steadily since the 1970s. The historical value of Gillray's work has been recognized by many discerning students of history. N° de ref. de la librería
Título: The KING of BROBDINGNAG and GULLIVER. (Plate...
Editorial: Henry G. Bohn. c1851
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