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James Gillray, 1756–1815
Published by Hannah Humphrey, ca. 1745–1818
Citizens Visiting the Bastille, - Vide. Democratic Charities. -
Materials & Techniques:
Etching with hand coloring in watercolor on medium, slightly textured, cream wove paper
Sheet: 13 7/8 × 10 1/4 inches (35.2 × 26 cm), Image: 13 1/8 × 10 1/8 inches (33.3 × 25.7 cm)

Lettered inside image: "The HOUSE of | CORRECTION, for the | COUNTY of MIDDLESEX. | 1794 | Hush! Harkee! open the door! I want only | to see if my Brother Citizens have Candles | & Fires, & good Beds, & clean Girls, for | their accommodation, -that all!!! | Hush! open the Door quick!! | Hay? what? let You in, hay? no, no | we're bad enough here already! let you in! | no, no, that would be too bad; You're | enough to corrupt the whole College. | Drive me to the Bastille you dog! | To Cold Bath College, you mean | I suppose? to take up your Degrees Master | Secret | Corres- | pondence | with | O'Connor | Evans | O'Coigley | J's G'y inv't & fec't"; lettered below image: "Pub'd Jan'y 16th, 1799 by H. Humphrey 27 St. James's Street | CITIZENS Visiting the BASTILLE. -Vide. Democratic Charities-"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
Associated People:
O'Coigly [O'Coigley], James (1761–1798), Irish nationalist and Roman Catholic priest
O'Connor [formerly Conner; afterwards Condorcet-O'Connor], Arthur (1763–1852), Irish nationalist and political theorist
Burdett, Sir Francis, fifth baronet (1770–1844), politician
Courtenay, John (1738–1816), British politician
Despard, Col Edward Marcus (1751–1803), Irish army officer and revolutionary
Evans, Thomas (1763–ca. 1831), British insurrectionist
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British Museum, Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum, 11 volumes in 12, British Museum Publications, London, no. 9341, NE55 G7 L63 A52 1978 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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