'Opposition Telegraphs', satire, 21 June 1798.

Gillray, James

'Opposition Telegraphs', satire, 21 June 1798.
3 1 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm


Coloured engraving by James Gillray also titled 'The little second sighted lawyer giving a true specimen of Patriotic Information' which is satirising the wilful misinterpretation of the telegraph system during the Napoleonic Wars (1792-1815) between the British and the French. A telegraphic mesage from the British army is taken by a gentleman representing the Morning Chronicle newspaper giving one interpretation, whilst an identical scene on the opposite side shows a gentleman, identified as Captain Pop'ems, receiving the telegraphic information from Captain Winter and interpreting it in an entirely different way.

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