Buying caricature prints
The following prints are currently available for sale. All the prints listed in the section are original period pieces and not later reissues or modern reproductions.
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Measurements are given in inches (width x length) and reflect the total size of the print.
Extremely rare political satire on the declining fortunes of Britain’s allies in the war against France. Amidst a smoke-covered battlefield, the various crowned heads of Europe rush to debase themselves at the feet of the emblems of the French Revolution. See the main blog for a full analysis of this print. Not in the BM or any other public / institutional collection of 18th century caricatures.
Measures 17.5 x 19. Published on laid paper. Faint traces of an old crease or fold line running through the centre of the paper. Some browning to the borders of the image. Two repaired tear lines can be seen running through the middle of the upper-most border but the image itself is not affected. The top edge of the print has been glued to an old mount board.
Price – £450
Thomas Rowlandson, Death and Bonaparte, published by Rudolph Ackermann, 1 January 1814.
Plate from the January 1814 edition of the Repository of Arts magazine. One of Rowlandson’s most memorable satires on Napoleon. Bonaparte and death sit contemplating each other while a huge battle rages around them. Originally created for a transparency that was erected outside Ackermann’s shop to celebrate the allied victory at Leipzig in November 1813, this image was later reproduced by Rowlandson in a number of different formats.
Measures 9 x 11. Traces of original folds running vertically through the image. Some evidence of ink transfer at the right-hand margin and into the platemark.
Price – £150
Infant Liberty Nursed by Mother Mob. Leney & Tisdale, published New York, 1807.
Extremely rare Federalist political satire attacking Jeffersonian republicanism and the concept of popular democracy. Liberty is depicted as a over-sized baby greedily guzzling whisky from the breast of ‘Mother Mob’ a prostitute acting as nursemaid. Two demonic children, one wearing the Jacobin bonnet rouge, burn copies of the US constitution and books of law. In the background a rampaging mob can be seen tearing down a government building.
Measures 5 x 8 1/2.
A conservative political satire drawing unfavourable comparisons between the constitutions of Britain and revolutionary France. The British state is depicted as a solid and stable rock which unanimously supports its constitutional monarchy, whilst France is shown as a writhing monster that is destroying itself and threatening its neighbours.
The print combines political satire with fashionable silhouette portraiture and images of the principle members of the British and French royal families are contained within the design.
Probably published in London sometime during 1793. Laid paper.
Measures 3 x 4 1/2.
Price – £200
G.M. Woodward & Isaac Cruikshank, A morning surprise, c.1807
A man reacts in horror having woken up to find that he has spent the night with his black servant. Quotations from both figures are included below the title: “Why who the Devil have we got here!!” and “It is only me Massa”.
Published on laid paper with an 1807 watermark. Repairs to lower and left-hand margins. Browning and spotting to paper.
Measures 9 x 12.
Price – £95
Charles Williams, The doctor administering his gilded pill, published by S.W. Fores 29 March 1802
Addington offers a large pill labelled “Income Tax” to John Bull, saying “Why Sir it is only a sugar plumb, You can certainly swallow it now, I have gilt it all over to make it palatable to the City.” John raises his hand in refusal and replies “Come Doctor You must not attempt to force it down, for the pill tho gilded remains a pill still!!!” Beneath the title is a lengthy piece of text denouncing the Income Tax: “it is unjust; in its operation, vexatious and degrading and in its tendency immoral.” In March 1802 a public meeting had been convened in the City of London to consider a proposal to petition for a repeal of the Income Tax, introduced as a temporary wartime expedient by William Pitt in 1799.
Measures 15 x 9.5. Published on laid paper. loss to bottom right corner. Some toning / spotting evident.
Price – £45
George Cruikshank, Russian Condescension or The Blessings of Universal PEACE, published by S.W. Fores July 11th 1814.
Tsar Alexander I and his sister, the Grand Duchess Ekaterina Pavlovna, are besieged by admiring Englishmen and women whilst strolling in a park. A fishwife grabs the Emperor and gives him a kiss, saying to her friend “There Sal, I can boast of what none of the Bitches of Billinsgate can, having kissed the Kings Emperor of all the Russian Bears, & he is the sweetest modestest mildest Gentleman I ever Kissed in all my life.” Meanwhile country bumpkin shakes hands with the Grand Duchess and says “Dang it when I goes back & tells The folks in our Village of this, Law how they will envy I, ha ha!”. In the rear an Englishwoman can be seen chasing a bearded Cossack in the hopes of a kiss. Numerous satires were published on the subject of the Tsar’s visit to England in June 1814. The public were fascinated with the exoticism of the Russian court and consider the Tsar a hero for his role in the war against Napoleon. Many satire of the period made unflattering comparisons between the martial prowess of the Russian Tsar and the effete dandyism of the Prince Regent.
Measures 10 x 14. Published on laid paper with a maker’s watermark. Staining and paper loss to margins.
Price – £75
An obese clergyman with a ruddy-nose enjoys the company of two prostitutes. Beneath the title is a short rhyme: “The business of his Church he did by proxy / And loved all the Doxies – but the ortho-doxy”
Measures 13 x 9.5. Published on laid paper with an 1817 watermark. Repair tear visible on the right-hand side of the image. A very small hole visible to the left of the chair leg. Browing and spotting to paper. The longevity of the print’s publishing life gives some indication of its popularity with contemporary audiences.
Price – £85