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James Gillray, 1757–1815, British
Published by Hannah Humphrey, ca. 1745–1818, British
The Valley of the Shadow of Death
Etching and aquatint, hand-colored on moderately thick, slightly textured, cream wove paper
Sheet: 10 3/8 x 15 7/16 inches (26.4 x 39.2 cm) and Image: 9 9/16 x 14 7/8 inches (24.3 x 37.8 cm)

Inscribed in graphite, on back, lower left: "54"; lower right: "GILLRAY, JAMES | THE VALLEY OF THE | SHADOW OF DEATH"

Lettered, upper left: "Dreadful Descent of Ye Roman Meteor.____"; upper center: "The Turkish New Moon, Rising in Blood.____"; upper right: "The Spirit of Charles Ye XII.___ The Imperial Eagle emerging from a Cloud."; lower center: "THe Rhenish Confederation of Starved rats, crawing out of the Mud. ___ Dutch Frogs spitting out their spite.___ American Rattle snake shaking his Tail. __ Prussian ScareCrow attempting to Fly. __ | J Gillray inv & fc. THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH. __ Published Sept5 24, 1808 by H. Humphrey 27 St James's Street London"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
animals | Bible | birds | caricature | chains | crowns (symbols of sovereignty) | death | dogs (animals) | donkey | dying | Europe | fear | fire | frogs (animals) | hat | hell | historical subject | hourglass | humor | lightning | monsters | moon | parody | path | political | rats | riding | rivers | satire | shadow | signs | skeletons | snakes | soldiers | spear | Styx (river of Hades); 'Stige' (Ripa) | swords | valley | war
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Exhibition History:
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Circa 1800 - The Beginnings of Modern Printmaking (The Baltimore Museum of Art, 1981-05 - 1981-07)

Circa 1800 - The Beginnings of Modern Printmaking (Rutgers University Art Gallery, 1981-02 - 1981-05)

The Romantic Print in the Age of Revolutions: Hero, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History (Yale Center for British Art, 2003-01-23 - 2003-06-01)

The Romantic Print in Britain - Yale Center for British Art (Carnegie Museum of Art, 2004-02-14 - 2004-05-09)

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