A Great Stream from a Petty Fountain – or – John Bull Swamped in the Flood of New Taxes – Cormorants Fishing in the Stream

James Gillray (1756 - 1815)

Coloured etching

9 May 1806
  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Cabinet Office, 70 Whitehall
  • About the artist
    James Gillray was a draughtsman, etcher and engraver of caricatures, mainly after his own designs. He studied at the Royal Academy Schools and learned the technique of stipple engraving from William Wynne Ryland and Francesco Bartolozzi. Gillray produced several serious plates in this medium after his own designs and after paintings by Northcote, while simultaneously establishing himself as a caricaturist. By the end of 1791 all his caricatures were published by Mrs Hannah Humphrey, with whom he lived for the rest of his life. In 1807 his eyesight began to deteriorate and in the same year he had a breakdown. By 1810 he was considered insane. Gillray attempted suicide the following year, eventually dying at his home in Westminster, aged 58.
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    Petty-Fitzmaurice, Henry, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne
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    Materials & Techniques
    etching, coloured etching
  • Details
    Title
    A Great Stream from a Petty Fountain – or – John Bull Swamped in the Flood of New Taxes – Cormorants Fishing in the Stream
    Date
    9 May 1806
    Medium
    Coloured etching
    Dimensions
    height: 25.00 cm, width: 36.20 cm
    Acquisition
    Transferred from HM Revenue and Customs, December 2012
    Provenance
    Acquired by the Inland Revenue, Somerset House, 1948; recorded by GAC 1955; transferred to GAC 2012
    GAC number
    3229