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The King of Brobdingnag, and Gulliver. -Vide. Swift's Gulliver: Voyage to Brobdingnag

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1861,1012.46

  • Title (object)

    • The King of Brobdingnag, and Gulliver. -Vide. Swift's Gulliver: Voyage to Brobdingnag
  • Description

    George III, half length, stands in profile to the left, a holding a tiny Napoleon on the palm of his right hand, and inspecting him through a spy-glass. He says: "My little friend Grildrig, you have made a most admirable \ "panegyric upon Yourself and Country, but from what I can \ "gather from your own relation & the answers I have with \ "much pains wringed & extorted from you, I cannot but con- \ "-clude you to be one of the most pernicious, little - odious \ "-reptiles, that nature ever suffer'd to crawl upon the surface of the Earth." He wears military uniform with a bag-wig. The only background is a dark cloud-like shadow across the lower part of the design. 26 June 1803
    Hand-coloured etching and aquatint

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1803
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 357 millimetres
    • Width: 256 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title, text within image and publication line: "Pubd. June 26th. 1803 -by H- Humphrey 27 St Jamess Street".
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VIII, 1947)
    A famous plate. Lord Holland notes (MS.) that the print was shown to the King who exclaimed 'quite wrong quite wrong no bag with uniform!!!' The design may derive from Gillray's 'Connoisseur examining a Cooper' (BMSat 8107). See also BMSat 10227. George III in profile scrutinizing Napoleon through a glass becomes a favourite caricature subject.
    Grego, 'Gillray', p. 298. Wright and Evans, No. 286. Broadley, i. 176 f. Hennin, No. 12845. Reprinted, 'G.W.G.', 1830. Reproduced, Grand-Carteret, Napoléon, No. 74. Described, Thackeray, 'The Four Georges', 1861, pp. 152 ff.

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  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 10019 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Mounted Roy)

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    2005 July-Nov, London, National Maritime Museum, 'Nelson and Napoleon'
    2015 Feb-Aug, BM, Rm 90, Bonaparte and the British

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1861

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1861,1012.46

George III, half length, stands in profile to the left, a holding a tiny Napoleon on the palm of his right hand, and inspecting him through a spy-glass.  He says: "My little friend Grildrig, you have made a most admirable \ "panegyric upon Yourself and Country, but from what I can \ "gather from your own relation & the answers I have with \ "much pains wringed & extorted from you, I cannot but con- \ "-clude you to be one of the most pernicious, little - odious \ "-reptiles, that nature ever suffer'd to crawl upon the surface of the Earth." He wears military uniform with a bag-wig. The only background is a dark cloud-like shadow across the lower part of the design.   26 June 1803  Hand-coloured etching and aquatint

George III, half length, stands in profile to the left, a holding a tiny Napoleon on the palm of his right hand, and inspecting him through a spy-glass. He says: "My little friend Grildrig, you have made a most admirable \ "panegyric upon Yourself and Country, but from what I can \ "gather from your own relation & the answers I have with \ "much pains wringed & extorted from you, I cannot but con- \ "-clude you to be one of the most pernicious, little - odious \ "-reptiles, that nature ever suffer'd to crawl upon the surface of the Earth." He wears military uniform with a bag-wig. The only background is a dark cloud-like shadow across the lower part of the design. 26 June 1803 Hand-coloured etching and aquatint

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