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James Gillray, 1756–1815
Horrors of the Irish-Union; - Botheration of Poor Pat! - or - A Whisper Across the Channel (from: Caricature, vol. 1)
Materials & Techniques:
Etching, hand-colored
Sheet: 8 7/8 x 13 1/2in. (22.5 x 34.3cm)

Lettered inside image, upper center: "'beware Pat' | 'Hip! my old Friend Pat! hip! a word in your Ear! | take care of yourself Pat! or you'll be ruin'd past | Redemption - dont you see that this damn'd Union is | only meant to make a Slave of you! do but look how | that cursed Hag is forging Fetters to bind you, & preparing her Knapsack to carry off your Property, & to Ravish your | whole Country, Man, Woman & Child! why you are blind sure! | rouse yourself Man! raise all the Lawyers & spur up the Corporations, | Fight to the last drop of blood, & part with the last Potatoe | to preserve your Property & Independence' | 'beware''"; center: "'Plunder & Knapsacks! & Ravishments, & ruin of | little Irelend! why - by St. Patrick, its very | odd, now! for the old Girl seems to me to be | offering me her Heart & her Hand, & her | Trade & the use of her Shelalee to defend | me into bargain! by Jasus! if you | was not my old friend, Charley, I should think | you meant to bother me with your Whisperings | to put the old Lady in a passion, that we | may not buss one another, or be Friends | anymore.'"; lower left: "Union of Security Trade & Liberty | Discord"; lower center: "Irish Channel."; lower left: "Js. Gillray - inv. & fect. | Pubd. Decr. 24th. 1798. bu H. Humphrey 27 St. James Street"; lettered below image, lower center: "Horrors of the IRISH UNION; Botheration of poor Pat; or a Whisper across the Channel"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
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