James Gillray (um 1851) - He steers his flight... (Heißluftballon)

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James Gillray (um 1851) - He steers his flight... (Heißluftballon)
Gravure - Signée dans la planche - um 1851

On offer here is a rare etching (?) from the time around 1851:

He steers his flight aloft, incumbent on the dusky air that felt unusual weight - See more at: https://www.swaen.com/antique-map-of.php?id=19604#sthash.SOxURU2m.dpuf
He steers his flight aloft, incumbent on the dusky air that felt unusual weight - See more at: https://www.swaen.com/antique-map-of.php?id=19604#sthash.SOxURU2m.dpuf

He steers his flight...
He steers his flight aloft, incumbent on the dusky air that felt unusual weight... Or, Tentanda via est qua me quoque possim tollere humo - See more at: https://www.swaen.com/antique-map-of.php?id=19604#sthash.SOxURU2m.dpuf

by James Gillray


Sheet size approx. 62 x 46 cm
The sheet is not coloured. In the lower and upper part of the edge, the sheet is torn, otherwise in very good condition. For an exact description of each image, please refer to: https://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/search.aspx and enter the title of the respective caricature.

Here is an English description of this sheet:
Title: He steers his flight aloft, incumbent on the dusky air that felt unusual weight... Or, Tentanda via est qua me quoque possim tollere humo by James Gillray....
Map maker: GILLRAY, James.
Date: 1851 London
Dimensions: 22.4 x 17.7 inches (57.0 X 45.0 cm)
Colouring: Uncoloured as issue

Description: A print of Lord Grenville's Installation as Chancellor of Oxford University. Grenville, seated in a balloon, is ascending into the air. He is attired in his Chancellor's gown, with a crucifix on his back. During his upward flight he has thrown away his Cardinal's hat, rosary and mitre, and placed a tiara on his head.
On the upper part of the balloon on minute inspection may be seen a face of a person, whose hand extends round the balloon. This is probably meant for Dr. Hodgson, who was an active canvasser for Grenville. Fox, metamorphosed into a bird, is blowing with all his might to aid the ascent of the balloon.
Sheridan has doffed his harlequin's jacket and wand. He is putting his hand to his head in despair. Annexed to his harlequin's wand is a notice, "Lost, supposed to be stolen, a Doctor of Laws' new red gown and bag wig." This alludes to a joke circulated at the time, that Sheridan would have had the degree of Doctor of Laws conferred on him, but he could not raise the money to purchase a gown.


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From Wikipedia:

James Gillray (born on 13 August 1757 in Chelsea; died on 1 June 1815 in London) was a British caricaturist and printmaker/engraver.
Life and work

Gillray studied at the Royal Academy of Arts from 1778 onwards. His earliest known caricature was “Paddy on Horseback”, which he published in 1779. The cartoons were published and sold by the sister of the graphic artist William Humphrey, Miss Hannah Humphrey, in whose house Gillray lived and in whose shop window he also exhibited. His works were mainly disseminated through portfolios and through “print shops”, they were also printed on the European continent, among others in the Weimar journal “Paris und London”.

His political caricatures also found a rapid response on the continent, and quite a few were published in the Weimar journal “Paris und London” since 1798.

From 1782, he published continuously and almost exclusively caricatures related to current political events. Consequently, Gillray became known for his political and social caricatures from the period of the Napoleonic wars and proved to be a dynamic, accurate and sharp critic of his time as well as a great observer of human weaknesses in general. In addition to the social and political conditions in his homeland, he took an equally critical look at what was happening in France, especially the French Revolution. His graphics were characterised by dry British humour.

Like Thomas Rowlandson, he was close to the former William Hogarth, but was more direct in his criticism of people. Through their direct and quick reaction to the political events of the day, these cartoonists ushered in the so-called “Golden Age of English Caricature”. In his cartoons, he attacked the British King George III (as Farmer George), his wife Sophie Charlotte and his son, the Prince of Wales and later George IV. Other members of the British royal family were also popular targets of his mockery, as were Napoleon Bonaparte, Charles James Fox, Edmund Burke and William Pitt.

From 1797, Gillray worked on behalf of the government under Edmund Burke and William Pitt, who paid him. After 1807, Gillray suffered a severe mental decline and was later described as “mentally ill”. He died in 1815.

Informations du lot
Artiste
James Gillray (um 1851)
Titre de l'œuvre d'art
He steers his flight... (Heißluftballon)
Année
um 1851
Technique
Gravure
Signature
Signée dans la planche
État
Dans l'ensemble en bon état avec des traces d'ancienneté
Vente avec cadre
Non
Taille de l’image
24×34 cm
Dimensions totales
28×40×0 cm
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