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Hannah Humphrey (active 1745–1818 in London) was a leading London print seller of the 18th century, significant in particular for being the publisher of much of James Gillray's output. [1]

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The sister of William Humphrey, Hannah Humphrey first started selling prints in 1788 from her brother's premises at St Martin's Lane. [2] She was known as Mrs Humphreys although she remained a spinster for all her life. [3] Although several woman print sellers ran successful businesses in 18th-century London—for example, Mary Darly, Susan Vivares, and Elizabeth Jackson—Humphreys was preeminent among them and her shop in St James was visited by a fashionable clientele and had a large stock of social and political caricature, including caricature portraits of leading society figures. Notable artists she published beside Gillray included Thomas Rowlandson and James Sayers.

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She moved premises a number of times: [4] from 18 Old Bond Street (1778–83) to 51 New Bond Street (1783–89), to 18 Old Bond Street (1790–94), to 37 New Bond Street (1794–97) and finally settling in 27 St James's Street (1797–1817), depicted in a print Very Slippy-Weather. [5] James Gillray lodged with her for much of his working life, and she looked after him after his lapse into insanity around 1810 until his death in 1815. In "Twopenny Whist", [6] the character shown second from the left, an ageing lady with eyeglasses and a bonnet, is widely believed to be a depiction of Miss Humphrey.

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  1. "Gillray's works on James Gillray: Caricaturist".The site indicates Humphrey published nearly 650 prints by Gillray; some 270 were issued by other publishers
  2. Maxted, Ian (1977). The London Book Trades1775-1780. Folkstone, England: Dawson. p. 116. ISBN   0-7129-0696-7.
  3. "Hannah Humphrey (British Museum Biographical details)".
  4. BMBio for dates taken from prints.
  5. Very Slippy-Weather: BM Satires 11100.
  6. "Twopenny Whist".BM Satires 8885

This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Gillray, James". Encyclopædia Britannica. 12 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. pp. 23–24.