James Gillray was born on August 13, 1756 in the Chelsea area of London. Gillray produced between 1,000 and 1,700 caricatures in his lifetime. These images were often sold in the form of individual prints via the shop of his companion, Miss Hannah Humphrey. He commented on political and social life in London in work that is rich in color and content. Gillray appreciated and was influenced somewhat by the work of William Hogarth. In his turn, Gillray became one of the great masters of art of caricature. In his later years his vision was impaired and he was ill served by glasses of the time. No longer able to work productively, the caricaturist became an alcoholic, attempted suicide, had mental problems and died in 1815 at the age of 59.
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1893 - English Caricaturists and Graphic Humourists of the Nineteenth Century. How they illustrated and interpreted their times. A contribution to the history of caricature from the time of the first Napoleon down to the death of John Leech in 1864. By Graham Everitt. Published in London by Swan Sonnenschein & Co. - 427 pages, Gillray illustrations on nine pages.
1888 - The London and Westminster Review, No. XII. & LV. FOR JANUARY
1877 - Caricature and other comic art in all times and many lands with 203 illustrations. By James Parton. Published in New York by Harper & Brothers, Publishers. Published by Harper & Brothers, 340 pages. Chapter 23 - English Caricature of the Present Century. Pages 267 through 334. Gillray is mentioned often with illustrations.
1876 - Caricature History of the Georges: Or, Annals of the House of Hanover of Hanover. Compiled from squibs, broadsides, window pictures, lampoons, and pictorial caricatures of the time. By Thomas Wright, M.A., F.S.A. Published in London by Chatto and Windus, Piccadilly.
1874 - The Quarterly Review, Volume 136. Published by John Murray. Pages 453 through 497
Review of the book: "Art. VI. - The Works of James Gillray, the Caricaturist, with the History of his Life and Times", Edited by Thomas Wright, Esq., M.A., F.R.S. With over 400 illustrations. London, 1874. 4to .
1873 - The Works of James Gillray, the Caricaturist: With the History of His Life and Times, Edited by Thomas Wright Esq., M.A., F.S.A. Published by Chatto and Windus - 376 pages, Over 250 illustrations
1851 - Historical and Descriptive Account of the Caricatures of James Gillray, comprising a political and humorous history of the latter part of the reign of George The Third. By Thomas Wright, ESQ., F.S.A. and R. H. Evans, ESQ. Published in London by Henry G. Bohn, York Street, Covent Garden.
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