Gillray, James

1851

Fighting for the Dunghill

Fighting for the Dunghill: or Jack Tar settling Buonaparte

DESCRIPTION: 

Re-strike satirical copperplate engraving of Gillray's famed "Fighting over the Dunghill". This caricature is by one of England's finest 18th century artists and satirists, James Gillray. Printed after Gillray's death from the original plate this engraving (recto) shows two colossal national figures sitting on the globe, Jack Tar, plump and hearty representing Britain, boxing an emaciated, half-naked Frenchman, possibly Napoleon, who has blood spouting from his nose, his torso and limbs heavily scarred with the tattooed name "Nelson", a British naval hero.

Hand-coloured etching with aquatint and attractive hand-coloring.

Originally published in 1798 by Hannah Humphrey this plate is from the Henry Bohn restrikes printed from the original plates during 1845 to 1851. Printed on both sides of heavy wove paper, the verso contains an unusable engraving due to trimming of the engraving on the recto.

CREATOR: 

Gillray, James

PUBLICATION DATE: 

1851

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: 

England

BODY OF WATER: 

N/A

CONDITION: 

Very Good.  On strong, heavy paper with an incomplete engraving on the verso. No issues.

COLORING: 

Attractive hand color.

ENGRAVER: 

Gillray

SIZE: 

14 " x 10 "

PRICE: 

$450

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