Bat Catching

Bat Catching


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[002889] [Caricature]. Bat Catching. ill. Starcke, Carl After Gillray, James. Weimar: London und Paris Magazine, Reprint. 12mo (Oblong). Unbound. Caricature. Good. Monochrome engraved caricature, approximately 230mm x 180mm in size, n.d. c.1803.

Trimmed quite closely, creasing from original folds, hint of foxing and very light surface rubbing, old repairs to reverse along folds, one fold split.

Caricature by Gillray, originally published in January 1803 by H.[annah] Humphrey, this was reproduced by Carl Starcke for the ‘London und Paris’ magazine, which appeared eight times a year in octavo between 1798 and 1815, with each issue consisting of three parts, opening with articles from London, then Paris and a third, satirical, part comprising English and French political caricatures (See Deuling, ‘Aesthetics and Politics in the Journal London und Paris (1798-1815)’ in Oergel (Ed), ‘(Re-) Writing the Radical – Enlightenment, Revolution and Cultural Transfer in 1790s Germany, Britain and France’, pages 102-118).

The caricature shows Addington and Hawkesbury, in the gateway of the Treasury, (inscribed Granary), snaring three bats, with the heads of Grey, Sheridan and Tierney, with offers of pensions, sinecures and annuities