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The Miser's Feast: P.450-1991

Object information

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The Miser's Feast


Printmaker: Gillray, James
Publisher: Holland, William



Legal notes

Bequeathed by Henry Scipio Reitlinger, 1950, transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991

Measurements and weight

Height: 299 mm
Width: 376 mm

Relative size of this object

37.6 m29.9 m What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1991) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


Production date: AD 1786-03-06

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production

Black carbon ink

Components of the work

Support composed of paper

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: The MISER'S Feast.
  • Location: Plate lower centre
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Title
  • Text: With moul'ring viands is his cubboard stor'd, / And scanty supplements o'erspread the board, / What else can follow, but destructive fate, / When Famine holds the cup, & Death the plate ? / Supple
  • Location: Plate lower left and right
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Text: Pub. March 6th. 1786. by W. Holland No. 66 Drury Lane London
  • Location: Plate lower centre
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Signature

Inscription present: Print perhaps used to wrap around a plate with this title?

  • Text: Trifling mistake
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Ink
  • Type: Inscription

Identification numbers

Accession number: P.450-1991
Primary reference Number: 20430
Stephens/George: 7083
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 January 2021 Last processed: Monday 15 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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