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Antique Print: What a Cur'tis!

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What a Cur'tis!
Plate Number 128
Artist: James Gillray 1756-1815
Publisher: Henry G. Bohn London
Medium: Copper Plate Engraving/Etching - Hand Colored
Circa: 1847
Size approximate: Sheet: 15 1/2” x 12” Image: Size 11 ½” x 9 1/2"”
Engraving on reverse side of Plate # 130
Condition: Excellent - Very minor foxing spots in left margin - Some age related defects - No damage to image
Comments: Coloration of presentation varies slightly from original print image and background hue/s.
Featured print side: Plate # 128 - A satire on Admiral Lord Richard Howe, "Black Dick" his shoes being licked by his Flag Captain, Sir Roger Curtis.  Howe reads a newspaper dated 1 June 1794, the day of his victory against a French fleet in a battle subsequently known as "The Glorious First of June"; this was the first fleet victory for Great Britain during the Napoleonic wars.  Curtis was the supposed author of Howe's after-action report, which notoriously slighted some officers for their performance during the battle.

Reversed side of Featured print Plate # 130 - "The British Butcher, Suppling John-Bull with a Substitute for Bread".  Facing a crisis in the importation and production of grain, leading to high bread prices, Prime Minister William Pitt offers a poor Englishman meat rather than bread; even though he can't afford the meat, or the bread.

Price: $350.00

Stock Number: GIL-BP62-20
In Stock: 1


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