A cognocenti [sic] contemplating [the] beauties of [the] antique [graphic] / Js. Gillray invt. & fect.
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- A cognocenti [sic] contemplating [the] beauties of [the] antique [graphic] / Js. Gillray invt. & fect.
- Alternative Title
Cognocenti contemplating the beauties of the antique
Cognoscenti contemplating the beauties of the antique
- Gillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker.
- Published / Created
- 1801 February 11
- Copyright Date
- [11 February 1801]
- Publication Place
- H. Humprey, No. 27 St. James's Street
"Sir William Hamilton, old and bent, inspects his antiques. He stands in profile to left, looking through spectacles held in his right hand and reversed. He wears a round hat, a spencer over his coat and spurred top-boots, a stick in his (gloved) left hand; an expressive glove issues from his coat pocket. The objects at which he gazes are on a cloth-covered table. In the centre is a bust of 'Lais', the head that of Lady Hamilton, with fashionably dressed hair, but with nose, mouth, and chin broken away. Next it is a nude and headless Bacchante holding up a bunch of grapes (this was one of his wife's famous attitudes). Behind is a term with the head of a bull inscribed 'APIS'. Other objects are a weeping Cupid with a broken arrow, a grotesque goblet, a cracked chamber-pot on which nude figures dance. Against the wall (right) stands a mummy-like figure of 'MIDAS', with ass's ears. Other grotesque and broken objects stand on the carpet. On the wall are four pictures (left to right): 'Cleopatra', Lady Hamilton, three-quarter length, indecently décolletée and holding a bottle of 'Gin'; 'Mark Antony', Nelson, three-quarter length, a sea-fight in the background; a volcano in eruption; 'Claudius', a profile half length of Hamilton turning his back on the other pictures, the frame decorated with a stag's head."--British Museum online catalogue.
- Title etched below image.
- 1 print : etching on wove paper, hand-colored ; sheet 36 x 26 cm
- Extent of Digitization
- This object has been completely digitized.
- Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
- Call Number
- Auchincloss Gillray v. 10
Subjects, Formats, And Genres
- still image
Satires (Visual works)--England--1801.
- Subject (Name)
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley--Ownership.
Hamilton, Emma,--Lady,--1761?-1815--Caricatures and cartoons.
Hamilton, William,--Sir,--1730-1803--Caricatures and cartoons.
Humphrey, Hannah, active 1774-1817, publisher.
Nelson, Horatio Nelson,--Viscount,--1758-1805--Caricatures and cartoons.
- Subject (Topic)
Access And Usage Rights
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Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 8, no. 9753
Wright, T. Historical and descriptive account of the caricatures by James Gillray, no. 498
Wright, T. Works of James Gillray, the caricaturist with the history of his life and times, p. 279-280
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