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Height: 225.000 mm
Width: 344.000 mm
PD 1867-10-12-608 (LB. 7)
Prints and Drawings
James Gillray, The Faro Table, a drawing
England, around AD 1792
Gillray is renowned both for his political prints and for satires on contemporary life. This drawing relates to a print of 1792 entitled Modern Hospitality, or A Friendly party in High Life where he targeted middle-aged aristocratic ladies who were making money by setting up 'faro-banks'. Faro was a card game in which players bet on the order that certain cards would appear when taken from the top of the pack. In Gillray's print the 'banker' is Lady Archer, but here the cards are controlled by the man standing on the right, while money is raked in by the demon croupier on the left.
Satirical prints had
flourished in England from the early eighteenth century, but from
the 1780s Gillray and Thomas Rowlandson set new artistic standards.
D. Hill, The satirical etchings of Jame (New York, Dover Publications, 1976)
R. Godfrey, English caricature, 1620 to th (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1984)
D. Donald, The age of caricature: satiric (Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, New Haven, Yale University Press, 1996)
D. Hill, Fashionable contrasts: 100 car (London, Phaidon, 1966)