Philip Thicknesse writing at a table, surrounded by demonic apparitions representing aspects of his life. Aquatint by J. Gillray after himself, 1790.

  • Gillray, James, 1756-1815.
15 February 1790
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London (18 Old Bond Street) : H. Humphrey, 15 February 1790.

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1 print : aquatint with etching, with watercolour ; image 49.2 x 39 cm


Lieu.t Gover.r Gall-stone, inspired by Alecto; or The birth of Minerva ... Lettering continues: "From his head she sprung, a goddess arm'd", Milton. To the opinions of the right hon.ble Edward, Lord Thurlow, the Earls Camden, Bute, Bathurst, and Coventry, George Touchet -Baron- Audley, and Philip Thicknesse Jun.r esq.r to the literati, the Royal Society, the military, medical and obstetric bodies, this attempt to elucidate the properties of honor and courage, intelligence and philanthropy, is most respectfully submitted, by their humble servant, J.s Gillray ... [Lettering continues at great length. The full text can be found in the British Museum catalogue of political and personal satires, vol. 4, number 7721]

References note

British Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires, vol. VI, London 1938, no. 7721
William Schupbach, 'Il Luogotenente Governatore del Calcolo Biliare', Kos, 1984, 1(6), p. 12


Wellcome Collection 18122i



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