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

The Bear and His Leader. --"What tho' I am Obliged to Dance A Bear, A Man may be a Gentleman for That, --My Bear Ever Dances to the Genteelest of Tunes"

Date:
1806
Medium:
Etching on medium, slightly textured, white wove paper
Dimensions:
11 × 15 inches (27.9 × 38.1 cm), 9 3/4 × 13 3/4 inches (24.8 × 34.9 cm), and 9 3/8 × 13 1/2 inches (23.8 × 34.3 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Lettered in image: "Pub'd May 19th 1806 by H. Humphrey 27 St. James's Street. | Pro Bono Publico | Superbly fine | Exhibition at | the Bear Garden, | Broad-bottom'd Alley. | ORPHEUS | Charming the Brutes: - | with a Grand | Accompaniment by Dr Sangrado | in the Press | Bear Soup | or Bruins | Delight | Bubble & Squeak | a Duet | God save | the King | Pray | remember | your poor | and Old | Blind | Fiddler - "don't be afraid of my Bear Ladies & Gentlemen! | I have tamed & muzzled him & reformed his Habits" | CUDGEL FOR DISOBEDIENT BEARS | Rewards | for | Obedient | Bears | Caira, Ca--- | A Begging we will go"; lettered below image: "J. Gillray fec't | the BEAR and his LEADER. - "what tho' I am Obligated to Dance a Bear, a Man maybe a Gentleman for all that. My Bear ever dances to the Genteelest of Tunes"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1981.25.777
Classification:
Prints
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Access:
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Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:43037
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British Museum, Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum, 11 volumes in 12, British Museum Publications, London, no. 10566, NE55 G7 L63 A52 1978 (YCBA) [YCBA]


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