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

Pizarro, Contemplating (over) The Product of His Peruvian Mine.

Additional Title(s):

Freely as I Would Plunder Peru!

Date:
1799
Medium:
Etching with hand coloring in watercolor on medium, slightly textured, cream wove paper
Dimensions:
14 1/4 × 10 3/8 inches (36.2 × 26.4 cm) and 13 1/8 × 9 7/8 inches (33.3 × 25.1 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Stamp, lower right in green ink

Lettered inside image: "Oracle | Puff | Morning | Chronicle | Puff | Puff | Puff | Morning | Herald | Puff | Puff | Puff | Courier | Puff Puff | Puff | Times | Puff Puff"; lettered below image: "J's Gillray inv & f't | Pub'd June 4th 1799 by H. Humphrey 27 St. James's Street | PIZARRO, contemplating over the product of his new Peruvian Mine. - | "Honor? Reputation? a mere Bubble! -will the praises of posterity charm my bones in the Grave? -'psha! -my present | "purpose is all! -O, Gold! Gold! for thee, I would sell my native Spain, as freely as I would plunder Peru."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1981.25.800
Classification:
Prints
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Associated People:
Sheridan, Richard Brinsley (1751-1816), playwright and politician
Pizarro, Francisco (1478–1541), Spanish conquistador
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Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:43392
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