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

Prints, drawings and watercolours

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Collection Prints, drawings and watercolours, Fine art, Caricatures
ExhibitionsBroadsides! Caricature and the Navy 1775–1815
User collections Sailors by
Caricatures by franzgmail
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleDepiction: Bonaparte, Napoleon
EventsNapoleonic Wars: Duckworth's passage of the Dardanelles, 1807

Object details:

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 Sebastian
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Caird Fund.
Materials hand-coloured aquatint
Measurements Primary support: 231 mm x 323 mm; Mount: 406 mm x 560 mm
  • 'Fighting for the Dunghill, or, Jack Tar Setting Buonaparte. (caricature)' (PAD4792)
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