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Weird Sisters: Ministers of Darkness, Minions of the Moon,

Etching and aquatint with hand coloring on wove paper

Print impression quality: Very good

Dimensions (Sheet): 247 x 351 mm (9.7 x 13.8 in.)

Unsigned; inscribed in margin, upper center: “To H. Fuzelli [sic] Esqr. this attempt in the Caricature Sublime is respectfully dedicated”

Edition: Published 23 December 1791 by Humphrey, No. 18 Old Bond Street

Accession number: 1962.51.3

Purchase funds, 1962

The image depicts Dundas, Pitt, and Thurlow looking at a two-sided moon with faces of Queen Charlotte Sophia (light side) and George III (dark side), then feared to be insane.

Bibliography: Wright, pp.135–36; BM Sat 7937 ; Drayer Hill, “Fashionable Contrasts,” no. 2; “Mr. Gillray,” p. 45, fig. 43; see Ashton “Shakespeare and British Art,” Yale 1981, cat. no. 55; note in pencil on original DAC catalog card: “Although published two years after the event, the print is a commentary on the Regency Crisis, precipitated by George III’s illness. Three members of the cabinet & Dundas (1742–1811) appointed Home Secretary in June 1791, William Pitt, the Younger (1759–1806), and Lord Thurlow (1732–1806), the Lord Chancellor.”

Work Type: print

Related Works: The print is based on Fuseli's “Witches”; see Peltro W. Tompkins, DAC 1968.17.1.

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