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Print by James Gillray: Maecenas in Pursuit of the Fine Arts, represented by Childs Gallery

James Gillray


Maecenas in Pursuit of the Fine Arts, 1808

BMC 1106; Godfrey 180B. Bohn edition, reprinted in 1851 from the original copper plate and bound in the folio. Titled in plate lower center: “Maecenas in purfuit of the Fine Arts: _Scene, Pall Mall;_a Frosty Morning.”; inscribed in plate lower center: “Publifhd May 9th 1808 by H. Humphrey 27 St. James’s Street”; inscribed in plate lower left: “J’ Gillray ad vivam fect”; numbered in plate upper right: “560”. A fine impression in fine condition aside from foxing in lower and right margins; upper and left sides trimmed to platemark. An image of the Gillray caricature “A view of Newmarket Heath; taken from Davis’s Straits,” published June 9th, 1807, appears verso.