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  • 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
    Death of the Corsican fox--Scene the last of the Royal-Hunt 1 print : etching and aquatint. | King George III as a huntsman, holds up to a pack of hounds a fox with the head of Napoleon. Hounds' collars inscribed with names of naval leaders "Nelson," "Sydney S. Gardner," "Cornwallis." Men on horseback led by William Pitt, gallop towards king.
    • Contributor: Gillray, James
    • Date: 1803
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Buonaparte, 48 hours after landing!--Vide John Bulls home-stroke, armed en masse 1 print : etching, color. | Head of Napoleon dripping blood, held high on a pitch fork by a British volunteer soldier, "John Bull." Other volunteers gather around.
    • Contributor: Gillray, James
    • Date: 1803
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The king of Brobdingnag and Gulliver 1 print : etching. | King George III and Queen Charlotte seated on chairs of state, watch a small rectangular tank in which Napoleon as Gulliver sails his boat. Lord Salisbury stands behind king's chair. Four princesses and three pages also watch.
    • Contributor: Gillray, James
    • Date: 1804
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Britannia between death and the doctor's 1 print : etching, hand-colored. | A faint Britannia seated on bed with three "doctors," William Pitt kicking Henry Addington and stepping on Charles James Fox. The figure of death, with Napoleon's head, strides from behind bed curtains.
    • Contributor: Gillray, James
    • Date: 1804
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Company shocked at a lady getting up to ring the bell 1 print : etching, hand-colored. | A violent disturbance in a breakfast parlor. A woman stands to ring the bell-pull while the five men at the table react in horror, stumbling and knocking over items on the table as they attempt to stop her. The men are probably suitors of the woman.
    • Contributor: Gillray, James
    • Date: 1804
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Charming-well again 1 print : engraving, color. | The convalescent sits full face behind a small dinner-table. He holds up a glass of wine with a smile of satisfaction, and is about to carve a bird. He wears his nightcap. Behind his chair stands a stout footman in livery, smiling broadly.
    • Date: 1804
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Uncorking old sherry 1 print : etching, hand-colored. | William Pitt stands in the House of Commons, facing the opposition which is represented by bottles containing the heads of the most well-known opposition leaders including Fox, Tierney, Windham and Grey. At Pitt's feet is a bottle containing the head of Sidmouth. Pitt is uncorking a bottle containing the head of Sheridan, the contents of which spray up...
    • Contributor: Gillray, James
    • Date: 1805
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Harmony before Matrimony 1 print : etching, hand-colored. | A young woman and a fashionably dressed young man singing a duet. The woman plays a harp while looking over her shoulder at the music book, "Duets de L'Amour", which the man holds. On the table between the two is an open copy of Ovid's "Art of Love." Two cats play on sheets of music; two goldfish swim...
    • Contributor: Gillray, James
    • Date: 1805
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Comfort of a Bed of Roses 1 print : etching, hand-colored. | Charles Fox, in bed with his wife, having a nightmare. To the right, Napoleon jumps to the bed from a cannon with the words "Pour subjugeur le Monde" inscribed on the muzzle; behind him are seen pikes and a banner with the words "Horrors of Invasion." William Pitt, as a shade, floats near the bed, admonishing Fox to...
    • Contributor: Gillray, James
    • Date: 1806
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Visiting the sick 1 print : etching, hand-colored. | Charles Fox sitting in an armchair, obviously ill. On one side of him is Mrs. Fitzherbert, dressed as an abbess and holding a rosary; on the other side is a bishop in robes and mitre. In front of Fox, the Prince of Wales holds his handkerchief to his face. Sheridan, standing behind the bishop, admonishes the bishop to...
    • Contributor: Gillray, James
    • Date: 1806
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Visiting the sick 1 print : etching, hand-colored. | Print shows Charles Fox sitting in an armchair, obviously ill. On one side of him is Mrs. Fitzherbert, dressed as an abbess and holding a rosary; on the other side is a bishop in robes and mitre. In front of Fox, the Prince of Wales holds his handkerchief to his face. Sheridan, standing behind the bishop, admonishes the...
    • Contributor: Gillray, James
    • Date: 1806
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    A Kick at the Broad Bottoms! i.e. - "Emancipation of All the Talents" 1 print : etching, hand-colored. | King George III, his face hidden by a pillar, grabs the pigtail of Lord Grenville, and holds his scepter as if ready to strike Grenville. Members of the government, including Howick, holding a torn copy of the Catholic Bill, Ellenborough, Buckingham, Temple, Windham, Moira, Sidmouth and Sheridan, rush from the room, falling on each other in the process....
    • Contributor: Gillray, James
    • Date: 1807
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Charon's Boat - or - the Ghosts of "all the Talents" taking their last voyage, - from the Pope's Gallery at Rome 1 print : etching. | A group of naked Whig politicians, including three Grenvilles, Sheridan, St. Vincent, Moira, Temple, Erskine, Howick, Petty, Whitbread, Sheridan, Windham,and Tomline, Bishop of Lincoln, crossing the river Styx in a boat named the Broad Bottom Packet. Sidmouth's head emerges from the water next to the boat. The boat's torn sail has inscription "Catholic Emancipation" and the center mast is...
    • Contributor: Gillray, James
    • Date: 1807
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Het lusthuys van Pater Peters, en de Jesuwijten en Munniken, ontdekt door
    Sic itur ad astra, scilicet
    1 print (broadside) : etching with letterpress. | Print shows scene in a bawdy house of pleasure frequented by Father Petre, Jesuits, and monks, where they mingle and dine with such figures as: Wantonness, Avarice, Sloth, Fury, and Vanity. Priests engage in lascivious acts and steal money from a dying person, a Protestant minister is driven away from the door, a fox delivers a...
    • Date: 1681
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Sic itur ad astra scilicet 1 print : etching. | Print shows scene in a bawdy house of pleasure frequented by Father Petre and other Jesuits where they mingle and dine with such figures as: Wantonness, Avarice, Sloth, Fury, and Vanity. Priests engage in lascivious acts and steal money from a dying person, a Protestant minister is driven away from the door, a fox delivers a sermon from a...
    • Contributor: Hooghe, Romeyn De
    • Date: 1681
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The set-too between Old Price and Spangle Jack the Shewman - fought with unabated vigour for nine rounds & yet undecided 1 print : etching, hand-colored. | A pugilistic encounter, over new theater prices, between John Philip Kemble, tall and muscular, and "Old Price," a much smaller and weaker opponent.
    • Date: 1809
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The strollers progress plte 1st. A peep at Black Jack's origin previous to his going to Douay [...] 1 print : etching, hand-colored. | Scene in a poverty-stricken room, in which John Philip Kemble's father, Roger, as a barber, dresses a wig, while he (John) talks to his mother; Sarah, Stephen, Charles, and a younger sister are variously occupied.
    • Date: 1809
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The OP spectacles 1 print : etching, hand-colored. | Satire showing head of Clifford with two circles representing huge spectacles, "Old house old prices & no private boxes" and "Old house old prices & no pigeon holes," over his eyes. Each circle contains a symmetrical view of Covent Garden Theatre seen from the stage. Superimposed on the middle of one circle is a large O and in...
    • Contributor: Cruikshank, George
    • Date: 1809
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The royal milling match 1 print : etching, hand-colored ; 26.1 x 37.9 cm. (sheet) | Caricature showing Lord Yarmouth hitting the Prince Regent in the eye, as Lady Yarmouth looks from behind screen covered with caricatures.
    • Contributor: Heath, William
    • Date: 1811
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The rehearsal or the baron and the elephant 1 print : etching, hand-colored. | A satire on the Covent Garden pantomime of 1812-13, which caused a sensation by the performance of an elephant. The elephant crushes under a fore-foot a bust of Shakespeare and a number of open books. Baron Geramb, wearing an enormous moustache, bestrides the upper part of the trunk. On the elephant's back, in place of the 'Sultan of...
    • Contributor: Cruikshank, George
    • Date: 1812
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The Wedding dinner, or, Moses and the magistrate, vide London Tavern 1 print : engraving, color. | A satire on the attendance of the Lord Mayor at the wedding dinner, at the London Tavern on 7 Oct., of Moses Abrahams and Elizabeth, daughter of Michael Myers of Peter's Alley, Cornhill, a wealthy fishmonger, who were married at the Great Synagogue, Duke's Place.
    • Date: 1812
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    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
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    De vlugt van 't pausdom uit Engelant 1 print (broadside) : etching with letterpress. | Print shows Louis XIV, with peg leg, riding a bear, leading the flight of catholicism from England; he moves to draw his sword to strike a lion, as a cock on his head is attacked by an eagle. Father Petre follows riding a large dog harnessed to a wagon carrying the royal family, James II, the...
    • Contributor: Hooghe, Romeyn De
    • Date: 1689
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Sick of the property tax or ministerial influnza (sic) 1 print : etching, hand-colored. | Cartoon shows ministers, among them Vansittart and Castlereagh, vomiting taxes into a large bag labeled "budget." The Prince Regent stands nearby, supported on crutches labeled "more money" and "increase in income", holding rolled documents under his arms labeled with descriptions of some of his extravagant expenses.
    • Contributor: Cruikshank, George
    • Date: 1816