"Improvement in weights & measures", or, Sir John Seeclear discovering [the] ballance of [the] British flag [graphic] / Js. Gillray invt. & fect.
- "Improvement in weights & measures", or, Sir John Seeclear discovering [the] ballance of [the] British flag [graphic] / Js. Gillray invt. & fect.
- Alternative Title
"Improvement in weights and measures"
Sir John Seeclear discovering the ballance of the British flag
- Gillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker.
- Copyright Date
- [1 December 1798]
- "Sinclair, tall and thin, stands full-face, holding up in his right hand a balance (steelyard, or stilliard) inscribed 'Vive le Egalité'. A large British flag at the right end of the beam much outweighs a bunch of objects at the other; three documents:  'Navy of England to be retaind viz: 50000 Seamen & half a Dozen Ships of War - 500000 Sailors to be sent to plant Potatoes.'  '10 000 heavy reasons for giving the Enemy a fair chance of getting out of their Ports.'  'Advantages of cold oeconomy'. Below these are bunches of turnips, carrots, a cabbage, the whole terminating in a pendent bonnet-rouge. Sinclair is fashionably dressed, wearing a hat, half-boots, ill-fitting coat, and overcoat almost to the ankles. On a heavily draped writing-table (right) are three large volumes: 'Improvements in the Art of Political Dunging and Pursuits of Agriculture.' A paper: 'The Apostate Laird - a Parliamentary Romance - together with Loss of the Agricultural Arm' Chair. On the wall (right) is a picture of three pigs feeding at a trough of 'Democratic Verbosity'; this is 'Pigs Meat: or new method of feeding the Swinish Multitude' [see BMSat 8500, &c.]. Beside it is a placard: 'Table of Weights & Measures laid down upon the true democratic Principle of the Stilliards of Egalité'. A patterned carpet completes the design."--British Museum online catalogue.
- Title etched below image.
- 1 print : etching on wove paper, hand-colored ; plate mark 36.4 x 25.6 cm, on sheet 49 x 31 cm
- Extent of Digitization
- Completely digitized
- Call Number
- Auchincloss Gillray v. 4
Subjects, Formats, And Genres
- still image
Annotations (Provenance)--18th century.--CtY-LW
Satires (Visual works)--England--1798.
Watermarks (Paper)--J Whatman--1794.--CtY-LW
- Subject (Name)
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley--Ownership.
Humphrey, Hannah, active 1774-1817, publisher.
Sinclair, John,--Sir,--1754-1835--Caricatures and cartoons.
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Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 7, no. 9271
Wright, T. Works of James Gillray, the caricaturist with the history of his life and times, p. 252
- Orbis Record