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A member of the French war department raising forses to conquer all the world

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    • A member of the French war department raising forses to conquer all the world
  • Description

    The Frenchman sits in profile to the left, on the knee of the Devil (right), who kneels on one knee to support him, and steadies him by encircling his body with his right arm. The Devil is nude and muscular, with large feathered wings; he grins delightedly, left arm raised. His protégé, who is ragged but fashionable and not a sans-culotte, though wearing a bonnet-rouge, holds on his knee a frothing chamber-pot, and blows soap-bubbles from a long pipe. Other bubbles of varying sizes float to the left, filled with close ranks of infantry and inscribed with their places of destination. 'Old England' issues from the pipe; the others are: 'Vienne', 'Flanders' (the largest), 'Rome', 'Prussia', 'Hanover', 'Amsterdam', 'Sardinia', 'Petersburg'. Beneath their feet are papers: 'Asignets'. The scene is near the coast; at the water's edge sit three (Dutch) frogs, their backs to the two figures, saying, "Oh Dear what can the matter be. I wish we was out of their Bloody clutches sure some infurnel Fiend Protect them." They face a burning town on the horizon. 2 Novenber 1793.


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    • 1793
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 260 millimetres
    • Width: 355 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

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        Lettered with title, text within, artist's name and publishing details: '[I. Cruikshank.] Pub Novr 2 1793 by J Aitken No 14 Castle St Leicester Square'
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
    At this date, though the tide had turned (see BMSat 8341) with the victories of Hondschoote (Sept. 6-8) and Wattignies (Oct. 15-16, forcing the Austrians to raise the siege of Maubeuge), the allies still held Valertciennes, Condé, and Le Quesnoy. Hence the ironic intention of the artist (to whom French armies are figments of froth and worthless paper-money), necessarily ignorant of the vast importance of the work of Carnot, appointed war-minister 17 Aug., and of the 'levée en masse', ordered on 23 Aug. 1793, which transformed France into a camp and produced armies on a scale unknown in Europe. Aims of conquest had been laid down by the Convention in Jan. Cf. BMSat 8150. The Dutch wait in helpless passivity for protection, as in Feb., cf. BMSat 8299, &c. See BMSat 8425, &c. An imitation of Gillray's manner.


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 8345 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Unmounted Roy)

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FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat).  2 Novenber 1793.  Etching


FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 2 Novenber 1793. Etching

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