'Fighting for the Dunghill - Jack Tar settling Buonaparte', November 1798

Sir James Gillray

'Fighting for the Dunghill - Jack Tar settling Buonaparte', November 1798
3 1 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm

'Fighting for the Dunghill - Jack Tar settling Buonaparte', November 1798.

Engraving from a bound volume of James Gillray's engravings, 1798.

This print celebrates Nelson's victory at Aboukir Bay at the mouth of the Nile on 1 August 1798. Instead of the using a traditional 'John Bull' figure as a personification of England, Gillray here embodies British strength in the figure of 'Jack Tar', shown here foiling Napoleon, who appears as the symbol of France. Tar's toe is firmly planted on Malta, which, supported by a British blockade, rebelled against French occupation in September 1798.

Image Details

Negative No.
 
101579
Accession No.
 
NAM. 1974-01-61-212

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