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Creator:
James Gillray, 1757–1815, British
Published by Hannah Humphrey, ca. 1745–1818, British
Title:

Preparing for The Grand Attack - or - A Private Rehearsal of the Ci-Devant Ministry in Danger

Date:
1801
Medium:
Etching with hand-coloring in watercolor on medium, slightly textured, cream wove paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 10 1/8 × 13 7/8 inches (25.7 × 35.2 cm) and Image: 9 1/2 × 13 3/4 inches (24.1 × 34.9 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Lettered in image: "Bravo! Bravo! - but i should give more Emphasis | to the beginning of the las Line of Exclamation! | Bravissimo! - Encore the | Unaccounted Millions! - Encore! | MINISTERIAL | CRIMES & | MISDEMANOURS | 1st Espousing the Cause of | Loyalty & Old England. - | 2nd Making War against | the Enemies of Loyalty | and Old England. | 3rd Destroying the Navy | of the Enemies of | Loyalty & Old England | 4th Capturing Malta & | all the foreign Possessions | of the Enemies of Loyalty | and Old England. | 5th Ruining the Commerce | of the Enemies of Loyalty | and Old England. | 6th Paying off the National | Debt in spite of the well-|-wishers to the Enemies of | Loyalty & Old England. | 7th Uniting & Defending our | Irish Breathren, when Invaded | by the Enemies of Loyalty & | Old England. | 8th Regusing to break Faith | with the Allies of Loyalty | and Old England. | 9th Holding out to the last. | & Fighting single-handed with | all the Enemies of Loyalty | and Old England. | 10th Rejecting the profer'd | Reconciliation with the | Enemies of Loyalty and | Old England, untiL | PEACE could be ratified | upon HONORABLE | TERMS. [...] | 18th Destroying all hopes | of a Revolution | leaving the | Enemies of | Loyalty & Old | England | to Despair & | to hang them [...]. | Last dying speach | Aristocratic Ministry | There! - There! - see the causes of all our woe! - | - Oh! my ruin'd Country! - Enslav'd! - ah Traitors! - | Expiring Liberty! - precious Aristocratic Villains! - | Oh Unaccounted Millions! - murder'd Myraids! - | Oh Gallows! - Block! - Guillotine! - Caira! Caira!" | List of the | London Corresponding | Society"; lettered below image: "Preparing for the Grand Attack. - or - a Private Rehearsal of " The ci-devant Ministry in danger." | J. Gillray inv. & fecit. | Publish'd Dec'r 4th 1801 by | H. Humphrey 27 | St. James's Street."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1981.25.773
Classification:
Prints
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Access:
Accessible by request in the Study Room [Request]
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Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:43027
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British Museum, Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum, 11 volumes in 12, British Museum Publications, London, no. 9739, NE55 G7 L63 A52 1978 (YCBA)


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