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Insects with the heads of humans assail a bee hive as ministerial bees emerge to defend the Treasury bench. Line block after J. Gillray, 1873.

  • Gillray, James, 1756-1815.
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Earl Granville leads the Catholic supporters in the attack on the Treasury as a huge bumble-bee bearing the words 'ambition' and 'envy' on his wings. The Marquis of Buckingham, Sheridan, among others join the attack. Those in defence of the Treasury include Lords Bathurst, Camden, the Earl of Chatham and Arthur Wellesley. The profusion of recognisable portraits from all political sides made this print one of Gillray's most elaborate compositions


[Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 1873.

Physical description

1 print : process, line block ; image 15.7 x 22 cm


Broad-bottom drones storming the hive,-wasps hornets & bumble-bees joining in the attack...

References note

British Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires, vol. viii, London 1947, no.10984


Wellcome Library no. 603166i

Reproduction note

After an etching by James Gillray. Published 2 May 1808 by H. Humphrey, St James's Street



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