The theatrical bubble [graphic] : being a new specimen of the astonishing powers of the great Politico-Punchinello in the art of dramatic puffing / Js. Gillray inv. & ft.
- The theatrical bubble [graphic] : being a new specimen of the astonishing powers of the great Politico-Punchinello in the art of dramatic puffing / Js. Gillray inv. & ft.
- Gillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker.
- Published / Created
- 1805 January 7
- Copyright Date
- [7 January 1805]
- Publication Place
- H. Humprey, No. 27 St. James's Street
- "Sheridan, as Punch, grotesquely caricatured, stands on a platform, above the heads of a cheering crowd, blowing soap-bubbles. Clusters of soap-suds fall from the pipe, and from it rises an oval containing a figure of Young Roscius, in Highland dress as Douglas in Home's play. The boy, breathing fire, holds out a coral and bells, striding arrogantly over decollated heads inscribed 'Exit Garrick - Kemble - Cooke'. Other actors, freely indicated, stagger back from the young conqueror, over whose head are the words 'Veni. Vidi Vici.' Sheridan's pipe is irradiated against a dark sky. From the pipe, and a source of some of the rays, project little trumpets with banners inscribed respectively: 'Times', 'Morning Chronicle', 'True Briton', 'Sunday Observer', 'Herald'. From each issue the words (sometimes repeated): 'Roscius!' followed sometimes by faintly-drawn ciphers. Sheridan gazes up at his huge bubble. He is bloated and pimpled; his head sunk between hump and paunch. His dress is striped, his contour defined by close-set buttons, ound his paunch is twisted a tricolour sash; a tricolour cockade decorates is hat, which has a conical crown, curved brim, and erect feather. His pocket angs inside out, patched and empty. The cheering crowd (r.) fling coins to the platform, on which lie two pamphlets: 'Account of the Profits of the Bubble' and 'Petition of the Renters for a Share in the profits of the Bubble'. Behind Sheridan lies the dog, 'Carlo', hero of 'The Caravan', see BMSat 10172, &c. Beside Carlo is a padlocked money-box: 'Drury Lane Strong Box'. These are under a table at the back of the stage. On the table is a barber's bowl, filled cubbies issuing from a pipe; the largest is inscribed 'Forty Thieves'; under the bowl is a paper: 'Materials for bran-New Pantomimes for Johnny Bull's Amusement'. Beside the bowl is a bottle labelled 'To be repeated the first opportunity', in whose neck is a funnel inscribed 'Bottle Conjurer', which is filled by a little fat man who grasps his paunch. The back of the stage is bordered by a curtain from which project over the table a sign and a banner. On the former is a dog with the inscription: 'The Wonderful Red Lion, of surpassing Abilities - to be seen within.' On the banner: 'In a few Days, will be Perfom'd - a new Comic Divertisment, called The Bubble-burst, accompanied bv Laughing Song by John Bull.' ..."--British Museum online catalogue.
Text below title, in lower right: Vide, new method of raising [the] wind.
Title etched below image.
- 1 print : etching & aquatint on wove paper, hand-colored ; plate mark 36.2 x 26.0 cm, on sheet 39.6 x 28.2 cm
- Extent of Digitization
- Completely digitized
- Call Number
- Auchincloss Gillray v. 11
Subjects, Formats, And Genres
- still image
Satires (Visual works)--England--1805.
- Subject (Name)
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley--Ownership.
Carlisle, Frederick Howard,--Earl of,--1748-1825--Caricatures and cartoons.
Derby, Edward Smith Stanley,--Earl of,--1752-1834--Caricatures and cartoons.
Fox, Charles James,--1749-1806--Caricatures and cartoons.
Humphrey, Hannah, active 1774-1817, publisher.
Jordan, Dorothy,--1761-1816--Caricatures and cartoons.
Sheridan, Richard Brinsley,--1751-1816--Caricatures and cartoons.
William--IV,--King of Great Britain,--1765-1837--Caricatures and cartoons.
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- Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 8, no. 10459, Wright, T. Historical and descriptive account of the caricatures by James Gillray, no. 532, and Wright, T. Works of James Gillray, the caricaturist with the history of his life and times, p. 324
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