Enfilade

Seminar | Tim Clayton, Gillray in Grub Street

Posted in lectures (to attend) by Editor on May 16, 2019

James Gillray, Love in a Coffin, 1784
(The Lewis Walpole Library)

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From the Mellon Centre:

Tim Clayton, Gillray in Grub Street: Some Episodes from the 1780s
Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London, 22 May 2019

James Gillray is known for working with Hannah Humphrey from her shop in St James’s Street, but Hannah did not become his dominant publisher until 1791 and they did not move to St James’s Street until 1797. For the first thirteen years of his adult working life Gillray had a number of publishers and at times worked on the margins of what was legally acceptable. This paper addresses some of Gillray’s work during the 1780s with a view to introducing for discussion issues that have proved problematic in the consideration of graphic satire, including authorship and origination, size of editions and prices, and legal sanctions against caricatures. The evening begins with the presentation of the paper at 6:00, followed by discussion and then drinks and nibbles at 7:30.

Tim Clayton is an author and historian who has worked chiefly on print history and military history. His book The English Print 1688–1802 (1997) sought to trace the growth and themes of the London print trade in the eighteenth century; more recent work has concentrated on graphic satire and literary propaganda in Bonaparte and the British: Prints and Propaganda in the Age of Napoleon (2015) and This Dark Business: The Secret War against Napoleon (2018). He is currently working on a book provisionally entitled ‘James Gillray and the Business of Satire’.

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