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Lot 323: GILLRAY, JAMES. Consequences of a Successfull French Invasion.

MAPS & ATLASES; NATURAL HISTORY; PLATE BOOKS

by Swann Auction Galleries

December 8, 2016

New York, NY, USA

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Description: GILLRAY, JAMES. Consequences of a Successfull French Invasion. Complete series of 4 etchings on wove paper, each watermarked "JWhatman/1794" (some watermarks partial), 2 with hand-coloring. Nº.1. Plate 1st.__We come to recover your long lost Liberties.__Scene. The House of Commons. Ample margins, 13x15 inches sheet size; few minor spots. Nº.1. Plate 2d.__We explain de Rights of Man to the Noblesse.__Scene. The House of Lords. Extra large margins, 15 1/2x18 3/4 inches sheet size; upper right corner with a small fold, 1/4 inch tear left margin, very clean. Nº.III. Plate 2d.__Me teach de English Republicans to work.__Scene. A Ploughed Field. Extra large margins, 16 1/4x18 3/4 inches sheet size; very clean. Nº.VI. Plate 1st.__We fly on the Wings of the Wind to save the Irish Catholics from Persecution.__Scene. The Front of a Popish Chapel. Ample margins, 13 1/2x15 3/4 inches sheet size; few minor spots. London, 1798

Notes: Only these four plates were produced out of a planned 20, envisioned to illustrate Sir John Dalrymple''s propaganda pamphlet of the same general title in 1798. Dalrymple''s descriptions from which Gillray based his cartoons are etched below each plate. A mixed set, but rarely offered complete. BM Satires 9180-9183.

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