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The best Gillray cartoons of Charles James Fox

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The best cartoons by James Gillray of the easily caricatured Charles James Fox are all superb examples of the artist’s unique draughtsmanship and satirical imagination.
The first Gillray cartoon shows Fox having a nightmare about the horrors of a Napoleonic invasion of Great Britain with Pitt urging him to wake.

Fox by Gillray, picture, image, illustration

Comfort of a Bed of Roses, vide Charley's elucidation of Lord Castlereagh's Speech by James Gillray

The second cartoon shows Fox fleeing the Commons with two Opposition allies, Charles Grey (greyhound) and a diminutive M.A.Taylor (piglet), as Pitt reads out a list of triumphs to Fox’s great irritation and embarrassment. In fact Fox had temporarily exiled himself from the Commons, and in 1798 been dismissed from the Privy Council.

Fox by Gillray, picture, image, illustration

Stealing off: – or – prudent Secession by James Gillray

The third cartoon shows a visibly ailing Fox being ministered to by a bevy of comic Catholics, to the amusement of the Prince of Wales, as a fierce satire on Fox’s support for Catholic Emancipation.

Fox by Gillray, picture, image, illustration

Visiting the sick by James Gillray

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