James Gillray

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James Gillray (13 August 1756[1][2]  1 June 1815) was a British caricaturist and printmaker famous for his etched political and social satires, mainly published between 1792 and 1810. Many of his works are held at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

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James Gillray
Charles Turner, James Gillray, 1819, mezzotint after Gillray's self-portrait, National Portrait Gallery, London
Born(1756-08-13)13 August 1756[1][2]
Died1 June 1815(1815-06-01) (aged 58)
NationalityEnglish
OccupationsCaricaturist, printmaker
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Gillray has been called "the father of the political cartoon", with his works satirizing George III, Napoleon, prime ministers and generals.[3] Regarded as being one of the two most influential cartoonists, the other being William Hogarth, Gillray's wit and humour, knowledge of life, fertility of resource, keen sense of the ludicrous, and beauty of execution, at once gave him the first place among caricaturists.[3][4]