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

The Apples and The Horse-Turds: - or - Bonaparte, among the Golden Pippins

Materials & Techniques:
Etching with hand coloring in watercolor on medium, slightly textured, cream wove paper
Sheet: 10 1/4 × 13 7/8 inches (26 × 35.2 cm), Image: 9 × 13 7/8 inches (22.9 × 35.2 cm)

Lettered inside image: "Yes! Yes! None of Us was born to be Drowned! | Caira! Caira! chacun à son tour! | We shall all Swim in our turds! | Beggars | Plunder | ENVY | POVERTY | ATHEISM | Falshood | REGICIDE | EGALITE | PAINES | Rights of | Man | Republican | Faith | THEOPHILANTHROPY | ROSSEAU | VOLTAIRE | Deceit | Lies | Licentiousness | SARDINIA | PAPAL | SPANISH-PIPPIN | MASSENA | Talleyrand | SEYES | Third | Horse Turd | Second | Horse Turd | First | Horse Turd | Robespierre | A ha! par ma foi - how WE APPLES swim! | MARAT | TURKISH-PIPPIN | PRUSSIAN-PIPPIN | IMPERIAL-PIPPIN | NEAPOLITAN | ENGLISH-PIPPIN | RUSSIAN-PIPPIN"; lettered below image: "Dunghill of Republian Horse Turds | J's Gillray inv't & fec't | Pub'd Feb'y 24th 1800 by H. Humphrey 27 St. James's Street | The APPLES and the HORSE-TURDS: - or - Buonaparte, among the Golden Pippins. | Explanation.- Some Horse-Turds being washed by the Current from a neighoring Dunghill, espied a number of fair Apples swimming up the Stream, | when, wishing to be thought of consequence, the Horse-Turds would every Moment be bawling out, -"Lack a day, how We Apples swim!- See. Buonaparte's Letter to his Majesty: | and Mr. W-b-d's remarks upon the Correspondence | "between Crowned Heads"- viz. Kings & Horse Turds."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
Associated People:
Rousseau, Jean Jacques (1712–1778), French novelist and philosopher
Sheridan, Richard Brinsley (1751–1816), playwright and politician
Sieyès, Emmanuel Joseph (1748–1836), French politician
Talleyrand-Périgord, Charles Maurice de, Prince de Benevento (1754–1838), French diplomat
Taylor, Right Hon Michael Angelo (1757–1834), English politician and member of Parliament
Tierney, George (1761–1830), British politician
Vittorio Amedeo III (1726–1796), King of Sardinia from 1773–1796
Voltaire [François-Marie Arouet] (1694–1778), French philosopher and historian
Whitbread, Samuel II (1764–1815), British politician
Price, Richard (1723–1791), British minister and political writer
Priestley, Dr. Joseph (1733–1804), British chemist and philosopher
Robespierre, Maximilien (1758–1794), French lawyer and revolutionary leader
Roland, Jean Marie, vicomte de la Platière (1734–1793), French manufacturer and politician
Marat, Jean Paul (1743–1793), French political theorist, physician, and journalist
Masséna, André (1758–1817), Italian/French military commander
Nicholls, John (ca. 1745–1832), English lawyer and politician
Paine, Thomas (1737–1809), British political activist and author
Pope Pius VI [Giannangelo Braschi] (1717–1799), Italian religious official
Holcroft, Thomas (1745–1809), British dramatist
Jourdan, Jean Baptiste (1762–1833), French military officer
Lebrun, Charles François, duc de Plaisance (1739–1824), French politician
Erskine, Thomas, first Baron Erskine (1750–1823), British politician
Fox, Charles James (1749–1806), politician
Frederick William II (1744–1797), King of Prussia from 1786–1797
George III (1738–1820), king of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and king of Hanover
Godwin, William (1756–1836), British political writer
Condorcet, Marie Jean Antoine Nicolas de Caritat de (1743–1794), French philosopher and mathematician
Darwin, Erasmus (1731–1802), British physician and poet
Smith-Stanley, Edward (1752–1834), 12th Earl of Derby
Alembert, Jean le Rond d' (1717–1783), French mathematician
Napoleon I (1769–1821), Emperor of the French
Burdett, Sir Francis, fifth baronet (1770–1844), politician
Cambacérès, Jean Jacques Régis de (1757–1824), French politician
Charles IV (1748–1819), King of Spain
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British Museum, Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum, 11 volumes in 12, British Museum Publications, London, no. 9522, NE55 G7 L63 A52 1978 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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