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James Gillray, 1756–1815
after James Gillray, 1756–1815
Published by Hannah Humphrey, ca. 1745–1818
Presages of the Millenium
Materials & Techniques:
Etching and aquatint, hand-colored on moderately thick, slightly textured, cream wove paper
Sheet: 13 × 14 13/16 inches (33 × 37.6 cm), Image: 11 5/8 × 14 1/8 inches (29.6 × 35.8 cm)

Lettered, lower left inside image: "J.s G.y Desn et fecit _ Pubd June 4th 1795 by H Humphrey No27 NewBond Street"; lower center below image: "Presages of the MILLENIUM; with The Destruction of the Faithful, as Revealed to R:Brothers, the Prophet, & attested by M.B.Hallhead Esq | 'Amd e'er the Last Days begain, I looked & behold, a White Horse, & his Name who sat yhon was Death; & Hell followed after him; & Power was given unto him to kill with the | 'Sword, & with Famine, & with Death; and I saw under him the Souls of the Multitude, those who were destroy'd for maintaing the word of Truth, and & for the Testimony__"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
Bible | caricature | clouds | crown | death | destruction | faith | famine | fear | fire | fish | galloping | grotesques | hell | herds | historical subject | hoards | horse (animal) | humor | killing | legislation | men | meteorology | monsters | nude | parody | peace | pigs | power | riding | satire | science | scrolls | seamen | serpents | souls | storm | sword | swords | testimony | truth | uniforms | wings
Associated People:
Stanhope, Charles, third earl of Harrington (1753–1829), army officer
Pitt, William [known as Pitt the younger] (1759–1806), prime minister
Fox, Charles James (1749–1806), politician
George IV (1762–1830), king of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and king of Hanover
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IIIF Manifest:

William Blake: Visionary (The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2023-10-17 - 2024-01-14) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Dare to Know: Prints and Drawings in the Age of Enlightenment (Harvard Art Museums, 2022-09-15 - 2023-01-16) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

The World Turned Upside Down - Apocalyptic Imagery in England (Haggerty Museum of Art, 2017-10-05 - 2018-01-18) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

The Romantic Print in Britain - Yale Center for British Art (Carnegie Museum of Art, 2004-02-14 - 2004-05-09) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

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) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

The Body Politic: The Evolution of Political Satire in Print (Yale University Art Gallery, 2000-09-01 - 2000-11-26) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

James Gillray - Prints by the Eighteenth Master of Caricature (The Hood Museum of Art, 1994-01-08 - 1994-03-13) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

William Blake - His Art & Times (Art Gallery of Ontario, 1982-12-03 - 1983-02-06) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

William Blake - His Art & Times (Yale Center for British Art, 1982-09-15 - 1982-11-14) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Ron Broglio, Beasts of Burden : Biopolitics, Labor, and Animal Life in British Romanticism, Albany, 2017, p. 16, fig. 2.1, PR468 A56 B74 2017 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Edouard Kopp, Dare to know : prints and drawings in the age of Enlightenment, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA, 2022, pp. 234, 235, 238, 311, Fig. 4, NC87 .D37 2022 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

William Blake : Visionary, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, p. 112, pl. 70, NJ18.B57 A12 2020 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

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