A guardian angel is carrying a child up into the sky to an altar dedicated to a parody of the Virgin. Etching by James Gillray, 1805.
- Gillray, James, 1756-1815.
- April 22d. 1805
About this work
In Peters's version the guardian angel had been a portrait of Isabella, Duchess of Rutland. In Gillray's version it is Mrs Fitzherbert, wife of King George IV. The child in Gillray's version is Mary (Minney) Seymour (b. 23 Nov. 1798), whose guardianship was disputed between Mrs Fitzherbert and the Seymour family. Below them is the Brighton Pavilion
The guardian angel, - the hint taken from the Revd. M. Peter's sublime idea of having "an angel conducting the soul of a child to heaven". Js. Gillray inv.& ft.
London (St. James's Street) : H. Humphrey, April 22d. 1805.
1 print : etching ; image 35.7 x 25.7 cm
British Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires, vol. VIII, London 1947, no. 10389
Wellcome Library no. 36279i
A parody of a composition by the Rev. Matthew William Peters, which had been published as a stipple print in 1784
Where to find it
You can use this work for any purpose, including commercial uses, without restriction under copyright law. You should also provide attribution to the original work, source and licence.
Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) terms and conditions https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0