Regency Man Monday – James Gillray

James Gillray (13 August 1756/7 – 1 June 1815)

James Gillray was an English caricaturist and printmaker famous for his etched political and social satires, mainly published between 1792 and 1810.

Gillray has been called “the father of the political cartoon”, with his works satirizing George III, prime ministers and generals. Regarded as being one of the two most influential cartoonists, the other being William Hogarth, Gillray’s wit and humour, knowledge of life, fertility of resource, keen sense of the ludicrous, and beauty of execution, at once gave him the first place among caricaturists.

To browse some of his prints you can find them at the Princeton University Digital Collection and you can also purchase copies of his prints from art.com.


Further Reading:
James Gillray: Caricaturist – http://www.james-gillray.org/
James Gillray – Wikipedia
James Gillray – Spartacus Educational
James Gillray English caricaturist – Encyclopedia Britanica
Satire, sewers and statesmen: why James Gillray was king of the cartoon – The Guardian
Five things we learned from ‘the father of the political cartoon’ – CNN
Biting satire: The political caricatures of James Gillray – BBC

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