Description

In this hand-coloured satirical print, the caricaturist James Gillray lampoons the London publishing tycoon John Boydell. In 1789 Boydell opened the Shakespeare Gallery in Pall Mall, an exhibition space showcasing paintings of scenes from Shakespeare’s plays, which were also available for sale as reproductive prints. This enterprise was a great commercial success for Boydell, who Gillray depicts in this print throwing Shakespeare’s works onto a fire and invoking Avarice, shown here as a goblin clutching bags full of money.

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