DESCRIPTION: Spectacular re-strike caricature copperplate engraving from the original plate, by one of England's finest 18th century artists and satirists, James Gillray. The quality of engraving and the dark impression, along with Gillray's composition, and large size make this a very striking and attractive work.
The scene depicts the royal St. George (King George III) rescuing Britannia from the fangs of the Monster of France (Naploeon). The king wears the uniform of his own regiment of Guards (the Blues).
Source: Wright, Thomas and Robert Harding. "Historical and Descriptive Account of the Caricatures of James Gillray" Google Books. P.242
Originally published in 1805 this plate is a restrike by Henry Bohn printed from the original plates during 1845 to 1851. Printed on both sides of heavy wove paper, the other side contains another engraving, a satire by Gillray titled "The end of the farce of Catholic Emancipation".
CREATOR: Gillray, James
PUBLICATION DATE: 1851
GEOGRAPHIC AREA: United Kingdom
BODY OF WATER: N/A
CONDITION: Very good
Engraving by burin. Strong impression and platemark. Superior work.