Title: The Life of William Cobbett, written by himself

Artist: James Gillray

Imprint: London: H. Humphrey, Sept. 29, 1809

Description: 12 x 10¼"
From complete series of 8 hand-colored etched caricatures,
bound in full brown calf gilt; all edges gilt.
Title on spine: Life of Cobbett
Each plate is accompanied by the engraved descriptive text taken from the Political Register of 1809 mounted on a sheet facing the plate.

Commentary:
Gillray, allied with the Tory government against the radical Cobbett, produced caricatures mocking Cobbett’s autobiographical writing in the Political Register.

Plate 2: Cobbett quits farming and enlists as a soldier.


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