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New Bond Street 1796

James Gillray, Sandwich carrots, dainty sandwich carrots. Etching. 

Gillray began making social and political cartoons in the early 1780's. He originally held liberal views, but in the 1790's he became a supporter of the Tories. Asked why his prints were so critical of the Whigs, he replied 'they are poor, they do not buy my prints and I must draw on the purses of the larger parties'.

He had a longstanding relationship with Hannah Humphrey, for whom he worked exclusively and who became London's leading printseller.

Map showing the location of the above encounter (the corner of New Bond Street and Little Maddox Street) marked with an X. 

Greenwood's map of London 1827.


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