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The National Assembly, petrified

The National Assembly, petrified

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Title:
The National Assembly, petrified
Description:
Designed in two compartments [with The National Assembly Revivified], one above the other, the figures in both being three quarter length. Here, a ragged French barber, in profile to the right, gesticulating and capering, speaks to six terror-stricken companions. The foremost listener is a tailor, his shears stuck through the string of his apron, a measuring-tape round his shoulders, but wearing a cocked hat and sword. On the extreme left is a diminutive postboy. All are much caricatured with expressions denoting dismay. The barber wears a bag-wig, with a comb stuck in his hair. The others wear tricolour cockades in their hats (BM). / This is a clever and a rather celebrated caricature, on the dismay with which the violent democrats in Paris were struck when they were informed of the King's flight, and on their joy at the arrival of the intelligence of his arrest at Varennes (Wright/Evans).
Artist:
Gillray, James, 1756-1815
Date:
June 28, 1791
Format:
Prints
Genre:
Etchings
Caricatures
Satires (Visual works)
Location:
Boston Public Library
Print Department
Collection (local):
Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827). Prints and Drawings
Series:
The Caricature Magazine or Hudibrastic Mirror Vol. 4
Subjects:
Kings
Barbers
Gossiping
Louis XVI, King of France, 1754-1793
Extent:
1 print : hand-colored etching ; sheet 26 x 39 cm
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Terms of Use:
No known copyright restrictions.
No known restrictions on use.
Publisher:
London, 111 Cheapside : T. Tegg
Notes (acquisition):
The Albert H. Wiggin Collection, 1941
Notes (date):
Date from Wright/Evans.
Reproduction. Date indicated is Gillray's original publication date.
Notes (citation):
Stephens, Frederic George, George, Mary Dorothy. "Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum." British Museum Press, 1870, London.
Wright, Thomas, R. H. Evans. "Historical and descriptive account of the caricatures of James Gillray." Benjamin Blom, 1968, New York.
Notes:
Title from item.
BM Satires 7883; Wright/Evans 55
On item: 68.
Notes (object):
Bound in "The Caricature Magazine or Hudibrastic Mirror Vol. 4," the fourth volume in a set of five published under this title by Thomas Tegg. The five volumes contained 251 prints in all.
Language:
English
Identifier:
18_03_000470
Barcode:
36666003272461