A petty-professor of modern-history brought to light [graphic] / Cambridge delt. ; London sculpt.
- A petty-professor of modern-history brought to light [graphic] / Cambridge delt. ; London sculpt.
- Gillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker.
- Published / Created
- 1810 March 20
- Copyright Date
- [20 March 1810]
- Publication Place
- H. Humprey, No. 27 St. James's Street
- "William Smyth, slim, and fashionably dressed under his gown, delivers a lecture. He stands in profile to the left, his hands resting on the cloth-covered table on which his reading-desk stands, its slope covered with the sheets of the lecture. Heavy clouds surround him, and conceal his feet. His audience face him on seats rising steeply; they are either asleep or yawning. In the front row and on the extreme left is a young man wearing a gold-embroidered nobleman's gown, and holding a cap with a gold tassel; he sleeps, holding his watch. Behind the undergraduates are elderly fellows wearing wigs; other fat, bewigged Fellows are in the background, on the lecturer's right. On the table lies an open book: 'Lectures on Modern History Dedicated to Tom Sheridan'; beside this is a MS. inscribed 'Lectures for information and Instruction of the Cantab-- Patronised by the Marq. of Lansdowne'. The scene is illuminated by rays striking downwards from an inscription: '- et versate diu, quid ferré recusent, Quid valeant humeri!' [Horace, 'Art of Poetry', ll. 39-40. Ponder long what your shoulders refuse, and what they are able to bear.] ..."--British Museum online catalogue.
Printmaker identified as Gillray in the British Museum catalogue.
Six lines of verse below title : All Granta's nobs, by sundry jobs, were brought to hear a lecture; but set at naught, their lesson taught, and yawn'd beyond conjecture!'
Title etched below image.
- 1 print : etching & aquatint with stipple on wove paper, hand-colored ; oval image 31.0 x 24.5 cm, on plate 35.8 x 25.4 cm, on sheet 45.3 x 29.9 cm
- Extent of Digitization
- Completely digitized
- Call Number
- Auchincloss Gillray v. 11
Subjects, Formats, And Genres
- still image
Satires (Visual works)--England--1810.
Watermarks (Paper)--Edmeads & Pine--1809.--CtY-BR
- Subject (Name)
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley--Ownership.
Humphrey, Hannah, active 1774-1817, publisher.
Lansdowne, Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice,--Marquess of,--1780-1863.
Smyth, William,--1765-1849--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. 11590, Wright, T. Historical and descriptive account of the caricatures by James Gillray, no. 574, and Wright, T. Works of James Gillray, the caricaturist with the history of his life and times, p. 370
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