Theatre of the World: The Revolutionary Wars

Public Domain

Artist / maker

James Gillray (draftsmen (artists))

Date

1805

Period

19th century
This double-sided drawing by James Gillray is a rare work by one of the best British satirical artists of the 18th century. Historically, the drawing is related to the graphic work of William Hogarth. Moreover, this work forms an interesting link between the work of James Ensor and the British social and political satirical artists who influenced him so strongly…
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This double-sided drawing by James Gillray is a rare work by one of the best British satirical artists of the 18th century. Historically, the drawing is related to the graphic work of William Hogarth. Moreover, this work forms an interesting link between the work of James Ensor and the British social and political satirical artists who influenced him so strongly, notably Thomas Rowlandson, Hogarth, and Gillray himself. The work probably dates from the last years of the artist's life. In 1894, the leading Belgian magazine L'art moderne mentioned the connection between Ensor and Gillray. Emile Verhaeren shares this opinion when he writes about Ensor in 1908. Ensor's father was British and it is likely that James Ensor discovered satirical work by artists such as Hogarth and Gillray in his father's extensive library and the many 19th century publications on the subject that were in circulation. There are a number of aspects in Ensor's work that are very indebted to the tradition of British 18th century satirical artists, such as his interest in facial expression and caricature, his fascination with social and political unrest and the depiction of crowds or overcrowded scenes. Gillray in particular was talented at depicting the crowd and his street scenes are full of details such as signboards, flags, signs and slogans as well as people absorbed in all sorts of activities. Gillray and Ensor also share a great interest in Napoleon, the subject of this drawing. Whereas Gillray worked in a very precise and controlled manner in his printmaking, his style in this drawing is particularly free.
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Features
Artist / maker James Gillray VIAF RKD Wikidata
Types pencil drawings AAT, ink drawing AAT, watercolour
Category drawings (visual works) AAT
Materials pencils (drawing and writing equipment) AAT, watercolour , paper
Dimensions 290 x 323 mm
Location Work currently not on display
Object number 2009-D-recto
Description
Subjects history paintings , figures (representations)
Tags historical person (NAPOLEON BONAPARTE) Iconclass, emperor Iconclass, historical person (GEORGE III) Iconclass, king Iconclass, geographical names of countries, regions, mountains, rivers, etc. (names of cities and villages excepted) (FRANCE) Iconclass, geographical names of countries, regions, mountains, rivers, etc. (names of cities and villages excepted) (GREAT BRITAIN) Iconclass, names of historical events and situations (NAPOLEONIC WARS) Iconclass, warfare; military affairs Iconclass, war Iconclass, battle, fighting in general Iconclass, historical events and situations; historical persons Iconclass, historical events and situations Iconclass, historical events and situations (+ cartoon, satire, caricature of historical event) Iconclass, politics Iconclass, political caricatures and satires Iconclass, scenes ~ anonymous historical person(s) Iconclass, fictitious scene ~ anonymous historical person(s) Iconclass, fictitious scene ~ anonymous historical person(s) - BB - woman Iconclass, Phrygian bonnet Iconclass, female sex; woman Iconclass, adult woman Iconclass, personifications of countries, nations, states, districts, etc. Iconclass, personifications of countries, nations, states, districts, etc. (MARIANNE) Iconclass, personifications of countries, nations, states, districts, etc. (RED COAT) Iconclass, the (nude) human figure; 'Corpo humano' (Ripa) - AA - female human figure Iconclass, fat (human type) Iconclass, Supplication; 'Supplicatione' (Ripa) Iconclass, the audience ~ art performance Iconclass, Order and Disorder (opposing concepts) Iconclass, Disorder, Confusion, Derangement, Disorganization, Chaos Iconclass, theatre, theatrical performance Iconclass, theatrical genres Iconclass, comedy Iconclass, satyr play, farce Iconclass, other theatrical genres Iconclass, Worth, Value Iconclass
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