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James Gillray - The Lover^s Dream - B1981.25.912 - Yale Center for British Art

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James Gillray (1756-1815) was a British caricaturist and printmaker who is considered one of the most influential political satirists of his time. He was known for his sharp wit and biting commentary on the social and political issues of his day, particularly during the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. Gillray's work was highly sought after and widely distributed, with his prints often appearing in newspapers and magazines. He was particularly adept at using caricature to skewer prominent figures of the day, including politicians, royalty and celebrities. Some of Gillray's most famous works include 'The Plumb-pudding in Danger' (1805), depicting Napoleon and British Prime Minister William Pitt carving up the world like a pudding, and 'The Cow-Pock' (1802), satirising the popularisation of smallpox vaccination. Gillray's legacy continues to influence political satire and cartooning today, with many contemporary artists citing him as an inspiration.

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