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

Pen-etration

Date:
1799
Medium:
Etching with hand coloring in watercolor on medium, smooth, cream wove paper
Dimensions:
10 3/8 × 8 inches (26.4 × 20.3 cm) and 10 1/4 × 7 1/4 inches (26 × 18.4 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Lettered inside image, lower left: "Pub'd Aug't 6th 1799 | by H. Humphrey No. 27 | St. James's Street"; lower right: "J's Gillray des. & fec't"; lower center: "PEN-ETRATION. - NB: This Title has no affinity to Pen, as connected with the | Goose-Quill; -nor has it any allusion to Penguin, a stupid creature between a Fish & a Fowl; - | the word is simply derived from Pen, as the Instrument used to express the deep researches of | the mind; see the St. James's Street chit-chat - respecting a Keen Pen; -a Witty Pen; -& a Pen, often Cut, but, | never mended."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1981.25.798
Classification:
Prints
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Associated People:
Penn, John (1760–1834), British writer
Access:
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Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:43387
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British Museum, Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum, 11 volumes in 12, British Museum Publications, London, no. 9441, NE55 G7 L63 A52 1978 (YCBA) [YCBA]


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