Political cartoons by James Gillray (1756-1815) and Charles Jameson Grant (fl. 1830-1852); 1791 and c.1830-1840

Scope and Content

This small collection contains nine printed and coloured cartoons, mounted onto seven pieces of cardboard. Only one of the cartoons is by James Gillray; the remainder are by Charles Jameson Grant. The subjects of the cartoons are miscellaneous.

Administrative / Biographical History

James Gillray (1756-1815) trained as an engraver, and studied at the Royal Academy Schools in London. He became well known as a political caricaturist in the 1780s and 1790s. He lived with his print-seller, Hannah Humphrey, who nursed him following a suicide attempt in 1811 until his death in 1815.

Very little is known about Charles Jameson Grant, a radical caricturist. The earliest examples of his known work as a caricaturist date from 1830. His output of work declined after 1840. He was alive in 1852, but his date of death is not known.


No archival arrangement has been necessary

Access Information

Accessible to all readers.

Other Finding Aids

Copyright in all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham.

In the Reading Room, King's Meadow Campus: Typescript catalogue, 4 pp.

Online: Catalogue available through website of Manuscripts and Special Collections, Manuscripts Online Catalogue.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements


Conditions Governing Use

Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in writing from the Keeper of Manuscripts and Special Collections

Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

Custodial History

The items were purchased by Manuscripts and Special Collections, The University of Nottingham, in February 2005.

Related Material

There are other cartoons by Charles Jameson Grant in the Fagan Collection of Political Prints and Caricatures (Pol P).

Other cartoons by James Gillray are in the volume 'The works of James Gillray : from the original plates : with the addition of many subjects not before collected' (1847). King’s Meadow Campus Special Collection Oversize.XX NC1479.G4