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THE KING OF BROBDINGNAG AND GULLIVER, Gillray, 1803


6.THE KING OF BROBDINGNAG AND GULLIVER, Gillray, 1803. Published on June 26, 1803, this most famous of caricatures constitutes the first section of a diptych conceived by Gillray on the subject of Bonaparte/Gulliver, based on the novel by Jonathan Swift (1726). It is a way of using Napoleon's size, so treasured by caricaturists and lampoonists, and enlarging George III, sovereign of a kingdom of giants, Brobdingnag. The English text pronounced by the king literally says that Bonaparte is one of the most pernicious and most harmful reptiles crawling on the face of this earth.