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GILLRAY, James - He steers his flight aloft, incumbent on the dusky air that felt unusual weight... Or, Tentanda via est qua me quoque possim tollere humo by James Gillray...

GILLRAY, James - He steers his flight aloft, incumbent on the dusky air that felt unusual weight... Or, Tentanda via est qua me quoque possim tollere humo by James Gillray...
He steers his flight aloft, incumbent on the dusky air that felt unusual weight... Or, Tentanda via est qua me quoque possim tollere humo by James Gillray... - GILLRAY, James
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Title : He steers his flight aloft, incumbent on the dusky air that felt unusual weight... Or, Tentanda via est qua me quoque possim tollere humo by James Gillray....
Map maker : GILLRAY, James.
Date : London, 1851 .
Size : 22.4 x 17.7 inches. / 57.0 x 45.0 cm.
Colouring : Uncoloured as issue

Description :A print of Lord Grenville's Installation as Chancellor of Oxford University. Grenville, seated in a balloon, is ascending into the air. He is attired in his Chancellor's gown, with a crucifix on his back. During his upward flight he has thrown away his Cardinal's hat, rosary and mitre, and placed a tiara on his head.
On the upper part of the balloon on minute inspection may be seen a face of a person, whose hand extends round the balloon. This is probably meant for Dr. Hodgson, who was an active canvasser for Grenville. Fox, metamorphosed into a bird, is blowing with all his might to aid the ascent of the balloon.
Sheridan has doffed his harlequin's jacket and wand. He is putting his hand to his head in despair. Annexed to his harlequin's wand is a notice, "Lost, supposed to be stolen, a Doctor of Laws' new red Gown and Bag Wig." This alludes to a joke circulated at the time, that Sheridan would have had the degree of Doctor of Laws conferred on him, but he could not raise the money to purchase a gown.

First published August 8th, 1810 by H. Humphrey, 27 St. Jamess Street. This copy is from the Bohn edition printed in 1851. This is a full sheet, a sheet is normally divided into 4 prints

Condition : Good strong impression, one tear to the right side margin off the printed area.


ID: 91887

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