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Imprison'd WranglersThe Rhetorical Culture of the House of Commons 1760-1800$
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Christopher Reid

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199581092

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199581092.001.0001

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Gillray in the Gallery

Gillray in the Gallery

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Imprison'd Wranglers

Christopher Reid

Oxford University Press

Focusing on the work of James Gillray, this chapter discusses representations of Parliament and parliamentary speaking in eighteenth-century visual culture. It opens with comment on honorific portraits, and portrait prints, of leading speakers and continues with a more detailed consideration of the visual rhetoric employed by printmakers such as Gillray in their satires and caricatures of the House. The chapter argues that Gillray's composite art, part verbal and part visual, makes him a parliamentary reporter of special importance to historians of speech, uniquely qualified to capture the orators' catchphrases and to depict their meaningful gestures. The chapter explores the possibility that such speakers as Sheridan (himself a satirist) may have been willing participants in this process.

Keywords:   James Gillray, parliamentary reporting, visual culture, satire, caricature, printmaking, catchphrases, R. B. Sheridan

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