Collection Items

  • Collection
    Cartoon Prints, British The Prints and Photographs Division holds one of the largest collections of British political and satirical prints in America. The approximately 9,000 prints (approximately 8,500 distinct images) in the collection highlight British political life, society, fashion, manners, and theater. They were published primarily between 1780 and 1830, an era dominated by the prodigious talents and prolific efforts of such famous caricaturists as James Gillray...
    • Date: 1650

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  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Boney and Talley. The Corsican carcase-butcher's reckoning day 1 print : etching with aquatint, hand colored. | Cartoon showing interior of a slaughterhouse, with Napoleon as the butcher, holding cleaver and knife. He is being restrained by Talleyrand. Shown are animals and bodies of animals representing Germany, Italy, Prussia, Russia, England, Switzerland, Spain, and Holland.
    • Contributor: Gillray, James
    • Date: 1803
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    The genius of France nursing her darling 1 print : engraving, color. | Cartoon showing France, a savage virago, dandling a tiny Napoleon seated on her hand and wearing a royal robe over his military dress. Above her head she holds a rattle with bells surmounted by a crown. She grins at the mannikin, singing: ... Beside her are her spear, dripping blood, and shield, with the bleeding head of Louis...
    • Contributor: Gillray, James
    • Date: 1804
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    The grand coronation procession of Napoleone the 1st, Emperor of France, from the Church of Notre-Dame, Decr. 2d. 1804 1 print : etching, hand-colored. | Caricature showing procession, with Napoleon and Josephine in center, headed by members of the Imperial family, followed by Talleyrand and his wife, and a dejected Pope Pius VII. Napoleon's train is supported by Spain, Prussia and Holland.
    • Contributor: Gillray, James
    • Date: 1805
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    Ci-devant occupations-or-Madame Taliah and the Empress Josephine dancing naked before Barrass in the winter of 1797.-A fact! 1 print : etching, color. | Josephine and Madame Tallien dance naked behind transparent drapery while Napoleon and Barras watch.
    • Contributor: Gillray, James
    • Date: 1805
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    Tiddy-Doll, the great French gingerbread-baker; drawing out a new batch of kings - his man, Hopping Talley, mixing up the dough 1 print : etching, hand-colored. | Print shows Napoleon standing before a large "New French Oven for Imperial Gingerbread" drawing out a freshly baked kings labeled "Bavaria, Wirtembg, [and] Baden." On the left, Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord mixes up another batch of dough.
    • Contributor: Gillray, James
    • Date: 1806
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    Arlequin sur l'Hippogryphe a la croisade Lojoliste Armée van den heylige lingue voor der jesuiten monarchy. 1 print (broadside) : etching and engraving. | Print shows Louis XIV as the harlequin, with pegged leg, riding on the "hippogryphe" or jackass, leading a holy crusade. He wears a large biretta that also fits over the head of James II sitting behind him; they both wear armor. Hanging from the saddle is a shield bearing the monogram IHS of the Society of...
    • Contributor: Hooghe, Romeyn De
    • Date: 1689
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    The blessed effects of venality 1 print : etching and engraving. | Print shows a man, possibly George III, chopping a leg "Commons" of a three-legged stool, "Lords" and "Privy Council" being the other two legs, which may represent the Parliament and its openness to corruption, especially in regards to its policies toward the American colonies; in the foreground, on the left, Britannia has fallen into a slumber, a...
    • Date: 1776
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    The Englishman in Paris 1 print : etching. | Print shows an Englishman, only recently arrived, still wearing his hat, standing just inside the entrance of the home of a Frenchman at dinner time. He is eating the goose which he has taken off the serving platter on its way to a table around which sit two men and a woman who display varying degrees of coiffured hair....
    • Date: 1777
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The present state of Great Britain 1 print : etching. | Print shows a man representing Great Britain, half-asleep, holding a staff topped with a liberty cap which a Native, representing America, is attempting to remove; a Dutchman on his knees before Great Britain is attempting to pick Great Britain's purse; a Scotsman with his left arm over the shoulders of Great Britain and holding the staff with his left...
    • Date: 1779
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    Le Destin molestant les Anglois 1 print : etching and engraving. | Print shows the Comte d'Estaing presenting a palm frond to America, a Native wearing feathered headdress and skirt and holding a staff topped with a liberty cap and who is seated on a throne of bales and barrels of produce destined for France; above the scene Fame trumpets the success of d'Estaing who is shown wearing armor...
    • Date: 1779
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    John Bulls alternative 1 print : etching. | Print shows John Bull (representing England) standing on his toes on a rock, a rope around his neck and tied to a limb above him; on the right, across a body of water (probably representing the English Channel) stands a Frenchman holding a leek which he offers to John Bull.
    • Date: 1781
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    The British lion engaging four powers 1 print : etching. | Print shows a lion confronting a spaniel, representing Spain, a fighting cock, representing France, a rattlesnake, representing America, and a pug dog, representing Holland.
    • Date: 1782
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    The state cooks making peace-porridge 1 print : etching and engraving. | Print shows several British ministers, Keppel, Fox, Richmond, Conway, and others, preparing a porridge of peace to offer Holland, France, and Spain, and separately to a Native wearing a feathered headdress and skirt, representing America, who hesitates, refusing to accept until seeing how palatable to her European allies.
    • Date: 1782
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    The American rattlesnake presenting Monsieur his ally a dish of frogs 1 print : etching. | Print shows a rattlesnake, representing America, presenting a basket of frogs to a Frenchman. Includes a short verse advising Britons to drive a wedge between the Americans and the French during the peace negotiation process.
    • Date: 1782
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    L--d Shel--, begging Monsieur to make piss or p--e 1 print : etching. | Print shows Lord Shelburne holding a chamber pot up to a Frenchman, saying "Monsieur, be so obliging as to make piss with us." The Frenchman is kicking the pot, saying, "By the House of Bourbon, with the war we'll go on."
    • Date: 1783
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    Excise inquisition erecting by English slaves under the scourge of their task-masters the excise officers 1 print : etching. | A British satire on an attempt by William Pitt and George Rose to transfer to excise law certain import duties; standing in opposition is Edward Thurlow. The central image shows Britannia, wrapped in a blanket labeled "Extension of Excise," being rocked to sleep in a cradle by Pitt and Rose. Another man, possibly William Mainwaring, is holding Britannia's spear...
    • Contributor: Dent, William, Active - Dent, William
    • Date: 1790
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    Frontispiece to Reflections on the French revolution 1 print : etching, hand-colored. | Print shows Edmund Burke on bended knee as though proposing to a vision which appears before him of Marie Antoinette, while a cherub touches his head with a firebrand emitting the sparks of romance.
    • Date: 1790
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    The knight of the woeful countenance going to extirpate the National Assembly 1 print : etching, hand-colored. | Print shows Edmund Burke as Don Quixote, wearing armor, carrying lance and shield labeled "Shield of Aristocracy and Despotism," riding a donkey, emerging from the doorway to the "Dodsley Bookseller" the publisher of Burke's "Reflections on the French Revolution" which hangs from the horn of the saddle. The head of the donkey has a human face and wears...
    • Date: 1790
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Don Dismallo running the literary gantlet 1 print : etching, hand-colored. | Print shows Edmund Burke in fools dress receiving lashes on his bare back as he runs a gauntlet of his peers which also includes Justice holding a sword, and Liberty, with staff topped with a liberty cap, who has turned her back on Burke and stands with J.F.X. Whyte, an old prisoner from the Bastille who carries a...
    • Date: 1790
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    Smelling out a rat; or the atheistical-revolutionist disturbed in his midnight "calculations" 1 print : etching, hand-colored. | Print shows Richard Price seated at a desk, he turns to look over his right shoulder at a vision of an enormous Edmund Burke, his spectacles, nose, and hands emerge from the haze, a crown in one hand and a cross in the other, on his head an open copy of his "Reflections on the Revolution in France...."...
    • Date: 1790
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    Sublime and beautiful reflections on the French revolution, or the man in the moon at large 1 print : etching, hand-colored. | Print shows Edmund Burke sitting at a desk on a crescent moon, holding a quill pen, an open "pamphlet" and an inkwell are on the desk, broken chains hang from his wrists; a scene on the front of the desk, labeled "French Revolution" shows a woman holding a liberty cap and a crown, standing on a man holding...
    • Date: 1790
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    The doctor indulged with his favorite scene 1 print : etching, hand-colored. | Cartoon shows cleric Dr. Richard Price, kneeling on a crown with a demon on his back, peering through a peep-hole into the royal bedroom at Versailles, watching ruffians destroy the Queen's bed and bedroom in search of her; Queen Marie Antoinette is seen fleeing down a staircase.
    • Contributor: Cruikshank, Isaac
    • Date: 1790
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    The genius of France extirpating despotism tyranny & oppression from the face of the earth Or the royal warriors defeated 1 print : etching, hand-colored. | Cartoon shows a woman wearing a liberty cap, representing the genius of France, holding a cat-o'-nine-tails in one hand and the reins of a donkey in the other; on this donkey and another bucking in the background are several monarchs identified as Prussia, Germany, Russia, Sweden, Brunswick, Turkey, Spain, and, falling to the ground, China; Louis XVI lies...
    • Contributor: Cruikshank, Isaac
    • Date: 1792
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    French liberty - British slavery 1 print : etching, color. | A design in two compartments. On the left is a lean and ragged sansculotte, seated on a stool before an open hearth ravenously eating raw onions, while he warms his bare toes at the fire. He is rejoicing. On the right is an immensely fat Englishman dining well, who is complaining about taxation and starvation.
    • Contributor: Gillray, James
    • Date: 1792