Gillray (James) Prints

Subject strengths: Art, History, Politics

This collection comprises works by satirical cartoonist James Gillray (1756 - 1815). Active during the Age of Revolution between the American Revolution and the Battle of Waterloo, Gillray depicted Georgian politics, royalty, and society in a humorous but often derisory way, reflecting on popular feeling and values.

These 21 hand coloured and 21 uncoloured “Bohn Edition” Prints, published in 1851, were taken from Gillray’s original engraved plates. Among the depictions are his famous caricatures of Napoleon, including Tiddy-Doll the great French Gingerbread- Baker, drawing out a new Batch of Kings (1806), and The New Dynasty; - or - the little Corsican Gardiner planting a Royal Pippin Tree (1807).

Also contains documents on the background to the acquisition.


Collection Name and Collection Reference Code:

Collection Name: Gillray (James) Prints

Archive Ref Code: GB186/JG

Date Range of Material


Type of Material

Hand coloured and uncoloured "Bohn Edition" Prints

Size of Collection

0.5 Linear Metres of shelving 

How To Order Items From This Collection

Please use the finding aid below to search through a list of the individual items we have within this collection.

If you find an item you would like to consult in the Special Collections reading room, simply make a note of the reference number and title of the item(s) you are interested in (for example JG/2/1 Progress of the Toilet – The Stays – Plate 1).

You can then place your order by linking to our request form

Finding Aid 

Archival catalogue available via Archives Hub.

Scanning and Photocopy Service

If you are unable to visit our reading room, we also have a scanning and photocopying service.

Other Resources

The Gillray Prints have been digitised and images can be viewed at CollectionsCaptured.

An exhibition to compliment this collection is available to view here.

Material from this collection was used in our Treasures of the Month feature for February 2014.