Hand coloured engraving.
The print offered for sale here is from the Bohn edition printed in 1851.
Considered one of his finest compositions praise must be tempered by the subject Gillray chooses to lampoon. Alderman Boydell, depicted in a whole length portrait, was the first printseller in Europe. His liberal encouragement of artists, and the high merits of his publications established a prosperous trade and England went from an importer to exporter of prints. He then turned his attention to the promotion of 'history painting' in England suggesting the works of Shakespeare as suitable material. The impact of the French Revolution caused the project's failure, but Boydell recouped his investment and more by selling the commissioned paintings through a lotterry and it is this that Gillray lampoons. However it was never Boydell's intention to make a profit on the project and as Johnson commented 'Satirical criticism may be considered useful, when it rectifies error and improves judgement. He that refines the public taste is a public benefactor'.
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