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James Gillray (13 August 1756 or 1757 – 1 June 1815) was a British caricaturist and printmaker famous for his etched political and social satires, mainly published between 1792 and 1810. Many of his works are held at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Gillray has been called "the father of the political cartoon", with his works satirizing George III, prime ministers and generals. Regarded as being one of the two most influential cartoonists, the other being William Hogarth, Gillray's wit and humour, knowledge of life, fertility of resource, keen sense of the ludicrous, and beauty of execution, at once gave him the first place among caricaturists.

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Artworks

Attributed to James Gillray Shipwreck. Verso: Rough Sketch of a Similar Scene

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Film and audio

Rude Britannia: Gerald Scarfe

TateShots' Comic Art trail continues with a look at satirical cartoonist Gerald Scarfe.

Features

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Who farted?: British comic art

Cedar Lewisohn , Brian Griffiths , Paul Gravett and Simon Thorp

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British Comic Art

17 Sep 2009
British Comic Art: Press related to past exhibition.
Tate Papers

Gothic Romance and the Quixotic Hero:A Pageant for Henry Fuseli in 1783

Martin Myrone

Henry Fuseli (1741–1825) was one of the most inventive artists of his age, exploring the strange and fantastic in ...

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