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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1851,0901.721

  • Title (object)

    • Affability
  • Description

    The King in profile to the right, with the Queen holding his right arm, leans towards a startled yokel who clutches his hat and a bucket. Behind the yokel (right) are pigs sniffing at the bucket and the gable end of buildings. All are caricatured. The King wears riding-dress, with a broad-brimmed hat and a spencer (see BMSat 8192) over his coat. He stands as if knock-kneed, his legs awkwardly splayed out. The Queen is dwarfish, wearing a hood over her hat and a shapeless cloak. In her right hand is a snuff-box. The yokel, wearing smock and gaiters, has the staring eyes, lantern jaws, and gaping mouth characteristic of Gillray's sansculottes. Beneath the title: '"Well, Friend, where a' you going, Hay? - what's your Name, hay? - where d'ye Live, hay? - hay?"' Cf. BMSat 9041. 10 February 1795
    Hand-coloured etching and aquatint

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1795
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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 338 millimetres
    • Width: 239 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with artist's name, title, text within image and publication line: "Js. Gy. desn. et fect. / Pubd. Feby. 10th. 1795. by H. Humphrey, No 37 New Bond Street".
  • Curator's comments

    (Description from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942, and references to Grego, 'Gillray', p. 187. Wright and Evans, No. 120. Reprinted, 'G.W.G.', 1830.)
    Catalogue entry by David Bindman from 'Britain and the French Revolution' 1989, cat.211:
    A classic satire on the attempts in the mid 1790s to capitalise on George III's ordinariness, and to establish him as the well-loved Father of his People. Here his attempt at simple friendliness towards one of his humble subjects is undercut by his overbearing manner. Though Gillray was a fervent government supporter in his caricatures of this period, he (and also Newton) were extremely reluctant to give up satirising George III and Queen Charlotte. It was apparently one of the conditions of his pension of £200 a year, negotiated with Canning at the end of 1797, that he should cease to caricature the royal family (see Hill, 'Gillray', 1965, pp.67-8, and Jouve 1983, pp.31-2).

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  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 8616 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Mounted Roy)

  • Exhibition history

    1989 May-Sep, BM, Shadow of the Guillotine: Britain and French Revolution, c.211
    1990 Jan-Mar, Manchester, Whitworth AG, Britain and French Revolution
    1990 Jun-Sep, Vizille, Mus Rev/Francaise, Britain and French Revolution
    2001 Jun-Sep, London, Tate Britain, 'Gillray and the Art of Caricature'

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1851

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1851,0901.721

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 10 February 1795  Hand-coloured etching and aquatint

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 10 February 1795 Hand-coloured etching and aquatint

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