Thursday 8th December. The Spectator – Peter Brookes/ James Gillray
The Spectator Christmas special cover is re-presenting one of James Gillray’s most famous satires dealing with the Napoleonic wars.
The Spectators Christmas Special Front Cover – Trump and Putin carve up the World
In the original, Prime Minister William Pitt sits on the left of the picture opposite Napoleon Bonaparte, both of who are slicing up the globe in a bid to gain a larger portion. The intention of the piece is simple, it is showing the avaricious pursuit of international dominance by both the French and British governments.
The spectator have just replaced Pitt with Trump and Boneparte with Putin to show the political ambitions of the two current most powerful men in the world.
THE PLUMB-PUDDING IN DANGER, OR, STATE EPICURES TAKING UN PETIT SOUPER…
James Gillray – published by Hannah Humphrey 26 February 1805 – hand-coloured etching, 261mm x 362mm, National Portrait Gallery’