• 22 May 2019
  • 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  • 6.00-7.30 Paper and Q&A
    7.30-8.00 Drinks and Nibbles
  • Lecture Room , Paul Mellon Centre

James Gillray is known for working with Hannah Humphrey from her shop in St James’s Street, but Hannah did not become his dominant publisher until 1791 and they did not move to St James’s Street until 1797. For the first thirteen years of his adult working life Gillray had a number of publishers and at times worked on the margins of what was legally acceptable. In this paper I shall discuss some of Gillray’s work during the 1780s with a view to introducing for discussion issues that have proved problematic in the consideration of graphic satire, including authorship and origination, size of editions and prices, and legal sanctions against caricatures.

Image Details: Love in a coffin, James Gillray. The Lewis Walpole Library

About the speaker

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    Tim Clayton is an author and historian who has worked chiefly on print history and military history. His book The English Print 1688-1802 (1997) sought to trace the growth and themes of the London print trade in the eighteenth century; more recent work has concentrated on graphic satire and literary propaganda in Bonaparte and the British: prints and propaganda in the age of Napoleon (2015) and This Dark Business: the secret war against Napoleon (2018). His book James Gillray: a Revolution in Satire was published in 2022.