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James Gillray, 1756–1815
King Henry The Fourth's Last Scene
Materials & Techniques:
Etching with hand coloring in watercolor on medium, slightly textured, cream laid paper
Sheet: 10 1/4 × 16 7/8 inches (26 × 42.9 cm), Image: 9 3/8 × 16 inches (23.8 × 40.6 cm)

Inscribed on verso in graphite: "J. Gillray | Wright J. 104"

Watermark: heraldic shield

Lettering inside image: "FROM | BOLOGNA | O joyful day! I would not take | a Knighthood for my fortune | Sir John, I hope you'll pay me back | my Thousand Pounds | The Laws of England are at my com- | mandment. Happy are they which have | been my friends: & woe to my Lord Chanc | Sir John, thy tender lambkin now is King | Harry the fifth’s the man. I speak the truth | when Pistol lies, do this: and fig me, like | The Bragging Spaniard | Bardolph | Shallow | Sir John Falstaff | Pistol"; lettered below image: "Pub'd Nov. 19th, 1788 by S.W. Fores No. 3 Piccadilly | King Henry IVth | the Last Scene. | "To ride day & night, not to deliberate, not to remember, not to have patience to | shift me, but to stand stained with travel & sweating with desires to see him; | thinking of nothing else; putting all affairs else in oblivion; as if there were | nothing else to be done, but to see him | Shortly will be publish'd A series of prints from K. Henry IV."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
Associated People:
Fox, Charles James (1749–1806), politician
George IV (1762–1830), king of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and king of Hanover
Shakespeare, William (1564–1616), playwright and poet
Hanger, George, fourth Baron Coleraine (1751–1824), army officer and writer
Bentinck, William Henry Cavendish, third Duke of Portland (1738–1809), British politician and head of Whig party (1782)
Sheridan, Richard Brinsley (1751–1816), playwright and politician
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British Museum, Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum, 11 volumes in 12, British Museum Publications, London, no. 7380, NE55 G7 L63 A52 1978 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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