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'Fighting for the Dunghill, or, Jack Tar Setting Buonaparte. (caricature)'

PAD4792
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Collection Fine art, Prints, drawings and watercolours, Caricatures
ExhibitionsBroadsides! Caricature and the Navy 1775–1815, Nelson, Navy, Nation
User collections Caricatures by franzgmail
Gallery locationNelson, Navy, Nation Gallery (Floor plans)
PeopleDepiction: of France, Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor
EventsAnglo-Turkish War: Dardanelles Operation
Publication(s)Nelson & Napoléon
Margarette Lincoln
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Object ID PAD4792
Description This is the earliest of Gillray’s portrayals of Bonaparte as the symbolic personification of France. Here he is caricatured in a manner deriving from earlier 18th-century lampoons against the French, particularly by Hogarth, in being shown semi-naked and emaciated. Gillray also plays upon Bonaparte’s Corsican roots, notably in the Italian spelling of his name in the title. Seated atop a globe, he is being knocked down and has his nose bloodied by a stout British tar with the profile features of George III. It is a simple but effective piece of propaganda, casting France with the dark, benighted side of the globe, and Britain with the bringing of light. At the same time, the fusion of the King with Jack Tar is a brilliant means of suggesting a national unity between the upper and lower orders that was, at this time, far from being the case.
Date made Published 20 November 1798

Artist/Maker Gillray, James
Miller, John
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Walter Collection
Materials hand-coloured aquatint
Measurements Primary support: 231 mm x 323 mm; Mount: 406 mm x 560 mm
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