Gillray in the Gallery

Christopher Reid

in Imprison'd Wranglers

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199581092
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745621 | DOI:
Gillray in the Gallery

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Focusing on the work of James Gillray, this chapter discusses representations of Parliament and parliamentary speaking in eighteenth-century visual culture. It opens with comment on honorific portraits, and portrait prints, of leading speakers and continues with a more detailed consideration of the visual rhetoric employed by printmakers such as Gillray in their satires and caricatures of the House. The chapter argues that Gillray's composite art, part verbal and part visual, makes him a parliamentary reporter of special importance to historians of speech, uniquely qualified to capture the orators' catchphrases and to depict their meaningful gestures. The chapter explores the possibility that such speakers as Sheridan (himself a satirist) may have been willing participants in this process.

Keywords: James Gillray; parliamentary reporting; visual culture; satire; caricature; printmaking; catchphrases; R. B. Sheridan

Chapter.  5964 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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