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[Captain Townshend]

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  • Title (object)

    • [Captain Townshend]
  • Description

    A thin officer in profile to the left stands on a flagged pavement, his feet splayed outwards, right hand on hip, holding one glove in his (gloved) left hand. He wears an enormous busby and sabre. 19 May 1800
    Hand-coloured etching

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1800
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 250 millimetres
    • Width: 200 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with artist's name and publication line '1800. Publish'd. May 19th. by H. Humphrey, St James's Street/Js Gillray d: & fect'
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
    He is Captain Samuel Irwyn Townsend, of the 1st Grenadier Guards, one of the regular promenaders in St. James's Street. He died 21 Oct. 1849 aged 74.
    Grego, 'Gillray', p. 271. Wright and Evans, No. 476. Reprinted, 'G.W.G.', 1830.


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 9561 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Unmounted Roy)

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  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 19 May 1800  Hand-coloured etching

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 19 May 1800 Hand-coloured etching

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