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James Gillray, 1756–1815
Published by Hannah Humphrey, ca. 1745–1818

The Pigs Possessed: - or - The Broad Bottom'd Litter Running Headlong into Ye Sea of Perdition. A Supplement to More Pigs thanTeats

ca. 1808
Materials & Techniques:
Etching in black ink on medium, slightly textured, cream wove paper
Sheet: 20 1/2 × 14 3/8 inches (52.1 × 36.5 cm), Plate: 16 1/4 × 11 7/8 inches (41.3 × 30.2 cm), Image: 15 1/2 × 11 5/8 inches (39.4 × 29.5 cm)

Watermark, upper center: "J. WHATMAN | 1808"

Lettered inside image: "O you cursed ungrateful Grunters! - what, after | devouring more in a twelve-month, than the | good old Litter did in twelve years, you turn | round to kick and bite your old Master! - | -but if the Devil or the Pope has got possession of- | you all - pray get out of my Farm yard! - out with you all - no hangers behind! - you're all | of a cursed bad-breed; | so out with you altogether!!! | ERIN GO BRAGH | WHITBREAD'S ENTIRE | Repeal of the | Test Act | Emancipation | of the | Catholic Army | and Navy | Last Stake of | the Broad-bottom | Family | CATHOLIC | BILL"; below image: "J's Gillray fec't | The PIGS Possessed; _or_ the Broad bottom'd Litter running headlong into ye Sea of Perdition._ | Pub'd April 18th 1807 by H. Humphrey 27 St. James's Street | a supplement to "More Pigs than Teats" 1806"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
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British Museum, Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum, 11 volumes in 12, British Museum Publications, London, no. 10719, NE55 G7 L63 A52 1978 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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