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James Gillray, 1756–1815
British Tars Towing the Danish Fleet into Harbour; The Broad Bottom Leviathan Trying to Swamp Billy's Old Boat; and the Little Corsican Tottering on the Clouds of Ambition
Materials & Techniques:
Etching on medium, slightly textured, cream wove paper
Sheet: 11 × 14 7/8 inches (27.9 × 37.8 cm), Plate: 9 5/8 × 13 5/8 inches (24.4 × 34.6 cm), Image: 9 × 13 1/4 inches (22.9 × 33.7 cm)

Lettered above image: "Publish'd Oct'r 1st, 1807 by H. Humphrey, 27 St. James's Street."; lettered inside image: "COPENHAGEN | POLAND | GERMANY | PRUSSIA | ITALY | HOLLAND | Projet | pour | subjuges | la Mer. | Rule Britannia! Britannia Rules the Waves! | Sheerness | Harbour | The Good Old | Royal George | DETRACTION | OPPOSITION CLAMOUR | ENVY | the BILLY PITT"; lettered below image: "J's Gillray inv & fec't | British Tars towing the Danish Fleet into Harbour: the Broadbottom Leviathan trying to swamp Billy's old Boat, & the little Corsican tottering on the Clouds of Ambitions"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
Associated People:
Napoleon I (1769–1821), Emperor of the French
Pitt, William [known as Pitt the younger] (1759–1806), prime minister
George III (1738–1820), king of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and king of Hanover
Canning, George (1770–1827), British prime minister and parodist
Stewart, Robert, Viscount Castlereagh and 2nd Marquess Londonderry (1759–1822), Chief Secretary for Ireland
Grenville, William Wyndham, Baron Grenville (1759–1834), politician
Grey, Charles, 2nd Earl Grey (1764–1845), politician/statesman
Jenkinson, Robert Banks, 2nd Earl of Liverpool (1770–1828), prime minister
Jervis, John, First Earl of St Vincent (1735–1823), British naval officer
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British Museum, Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum, 11 volumes in 12, British Museum Publications, London, no. 10762, NE55 G7 L63 A52 1978 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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