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- Titles A Kick at the Broad Bottoms (Proper)
- Artist James Gillray, British, 1757 - 1815
- Medium hand-colored etching
- Dimensions sheet: 8 11/16 × 12 7/16 in. (22.1 × 31.6 cm) plate: 8 11/16 × 11 3/16 in. (22.1 × 28.4 cm) image: 6 9/16 × 8 13/16 in. (16.7 × 22.4 cm)
- Credit Line Collection of the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art; Catherine H. Collins Collection, AFI.676.1998
- Work Type print
- Classification Prints
- Signature Stamp, verso, upper left, in blue ink: H [inside box, connected to box with three lines] Stamp, verso, lower left, in red ink: COPYRIGHT OF / RADIO TIMES HULTON PICTURE LIBRARY Stamp, verso, upper right, in black ink: H 68948 / H 99783 [now partially removed with removal of old hinge]
- Marks Stamp, verso, upper left, in blue ink: H [inside box, connected to box with three lines] Stamp, verso, lower left, in red ink: COPYRIGHT OF / RADIO TIMES HULTON PICTURE LIBRARY Stamp, verso, upper right, in black ink: H 68948 / H 99783 [now partially removed with removal of old hinge]
- Inscription Recto, in plate, below image left, printed: Jms Gillray del. In plate, below image center, printed: a Kick at the Broad Bottoms! - ie- Emancipation of all the Talents.! / vide the Fate of ye Catholic Bill! In plate, bottom center, printed: London. Published by John Miller, Bridge Street & W. Blackwood, Edinburgh. Text in upper dialogue bubble, printed: What! What! -bringing in the Papists! -- / O you cunning Jesuits y[e?]y! what you thought I / was like little Boney & would turn Turk or any thing? / but if you have no Faith or Conscience - I have!! -- / ay & a little Old Protestant Spunk too! So out with you all !! / out! With all your Broadbottom'd Popish Plots !!! -- / -- Out with you; Out! Out! Out! Text in lower dialogue bubble, printed: Catholic / Bill / for bringing / the Papists / into Power / & supporting / the Broadbottom / Jesuits in / their Places / for securing / the / Papists in / commanding / of the / Army & / the Navy / & all the / Public Offices Verso, along right side, typed, oriented sideways: The King ^ (George III) [added in graphite above typed text] holding his scepter in his right hand, is aiming a blow at / Lord Grenville. In Lord Grenville's left hand is the Catholic Bill. / Lord Howick holds in his left hand the "Bill for bringing the Papists / into Power"…. the position of his right hand shows that he has already / received a kick similar to that received by his colleague. The position of / Lord Temples hand behind him testifies to a similar castigation. Lord Ellenboro / hand testifies to a soreness in the same part. The Marquis of Buckingham an / Windum are astonished. Lord Moira and Lord Lauderdale stand aghast. Lord / Sidmouth and Sheridan are endeavoring to escape out of the door. Lord Hery [sic] / Petty in his Exchequer robe, and Lord Erskine, in the costume of Chancellor, / with the purse by his side, are lying postrate on the floor. [This text was transcribed from Wright & Evans, Historical and Descriptive Account of the Caricatures of James Gillray (1851, OCLC 59510372), pp. 296-301.] Top left corner, in pencil: H15 (B[A or R?]1) / 1800-1830 [now completely removed from removal of old hinges] Upper left, in pencil: C/R H: REL: CHRI: CONTROVERSIES: POPISH PLOTS [followed by a check mark] / C/R P: GEORGE III [followed by a check mark] / C/R P: GRENVILLE, Wm. [followed by a check mark] Top right, in pencil: Col. [illegible word] / en Center, in pencil: J. G. fecit March 23rd 1807 Lower left, in pencil: SOLD [inscribed in circle] Lower center, residue of a yellow adhesive label: and sho---[cutoff] Lower right, in pencil: A1080
- Provenance With Frank T. Sabin, London; purchased by Catherine H. Collins, 1993; bequest to the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art, 1998