James Gillray

Sin, Death, and the Devil

9 June 1792
The struggle between William Pitt, the Prime Minister, and his rival Edward Thurlow, the Lord Chancellor, is staged as a scene from Milton's "Paradise Lost", with Pitt as Death and Thurlow as Satan. Queen Charlotte, who intervened on Pitt's behalf, appears in the middle of the skirmish as the personification of Sin. Gillray also parodies recent depictions of the Miltonic episode painted by Hogarth, Fuseli, and Barry.
Title
Sin, Death, and the Devil
Date
9 June 1792
Medium
Print
Materials
etching with watercolour on wove paper
Dimensions
31.7 x 40 cm trimmed to platemark
Nationality
British
Credit line
Purchased 1994
Accession number
37625