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The Dissolution,—or—The Alchymist producing an Aetherial Representation

  • 1796
  • Etched by James Gillray, British
  • Plate: 14.25 x 10.25 in.
    Hand-colored etching on wove paper
  • Not on display
  • Gift of Fisher Scientific International
  • Fisher Collection
  • FA 2000.001.149
  • No known copyright restrictions


A caricature of prime minister William Pitt (1759–1806), who is using a pair of bellows in the shape of a crown to heat a glass distillation vessel containing Parliament. In the steam from the vessel are his subjects prostrating before him. Below the furnace is a pile of gold coins.


Pubd. May 21, 1796, by H. Humphrey New Bond Street

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