Studies of Four Englishmen, after James Gillray

Various artists/makers

Not on view

The scope of Delacroix’s copying far exceeded conventional sources. His early involvement with graphic satire—he produced sixteen satirical prints between 1814 and 1822—led him to look toward the rich tradition of English caricature. Following the end of the Napoleonic Wars, English prints circulated more freely in France and became especially popular among the liberal middle class. This drawing unites figures from four different prints by James Gillray, including an example on view in this case, which shows the Whig statesman Charles James Fox making a speech to the House of Commons.

Studies of Four Englishmen, after James Gillray, Eugène Delacroix (French, Charenton-Saint-Maurice 1798–1863 Paris), Brush and brown ink on tracing paper, laid down

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