James Gillray: The Art of Caricature

Godfrey, Richard; Hallett, Mark

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Synopsis: James Gillray (1756-1815) was the leading caricaturist of the late eighteenth century, and an artist of outstanding inventiveness and originality whose work continues to influence cartoons today. He lived through a traumatic period in British and European history, and his art provides some of the most memorable images of the French Revolution, the Napoleonic wars and the raging political scene of the time, as well as penetrating charcterisations of famous individuals including George III and Queen Charlotte, Napoleon, Emma Hamilton, William Pitt and Charles Fox. Gillray also brilliantly ridiculed the pretensions and foibles of contemporary society, a world of fashionable excess and sexual intrigue, corruption and royal scandals. Although firmly grounded in the realities of his time, the wit and robust vulgarity of Gillray's images remains engaging, even shocking.
Illustrating the full range of Gillray's social, political and personal satires, this catalogue shows the sophistication and diversity of his art, demonstarting that Gillray was not only the greatest satirical artist of his time, but also one of the very greatest of printmakers and draughtsmen. In the introductory essays, Richard Godfrey gives an overview of Gillray's art and life, and Mark Hallett examines his language of graphic satire in the context of the vigorous print market of the eighteenth century. The historical and artistic background to Gillray's work is fully examined, and his place within European Romanticism is explored through the discussion of works by artists known to have admired and copied him, including Goya and David.

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Title: James Gillray: The Art of Caricature
Publisher: Tate
Publication Date: 2001
Book Condition: Very Good

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Book Description London: Tate Publlishing, 2001. Condition: Good. 4to. Original wraps. 240pp. Ca. 300 works described and illustrated. 20pp. brochure for the exhibition loosely inserted.James Gillray (1756-1815) was the leading caricaturist of his time, an artist of outstanding inventiveness who continues to influence satirists today. Satire has often been seen as the disposable art of an urban, commercialised culture, one of the plethora of consumer goods which are continually outdated and replaced by new offerings. Graphic satire usually deals with fleeting events, so that its value as art, whether of the cartoons in our daily papers or 18th century caricatures, appears to last no longer than the topicality of its subject matter. This exhibition investigates the tensions between this view of satirical prints, and the prolonged and enjoyable examination which is invited by Gillray's work, through his use of ambitious and complex printmaking techniques, and the depth and range of his references. Gillray's prints, from the time they were first produced, belonged both to the street and to the connoisseur's study. They retain an ambivalent status today, hung in a kind of limbo between political history and art history. This exhibition sets out to re-examine Gillray's art, through a selection of the finest impressions of his caricatures, almost all of which are examples of the hand-colouring applied at the time they were produced, alongside a selection of the sketches and preparatory drawings which show the obsessive care with which he developed not only the images but also the vitally important written texts which accompany them.The exhibition is arranged in broadly chronological order. The first room introduces Gillray's work through his enduring influence on modern British satire. Seller Inventory # 51-2571

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