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Caricature des caricatures

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2011,7027.1

  • Title (object)

    • Caricature des caricatures
  • Description

    Passers-by looking at caricatures of themselves in the window of a print shop in Paris; at the left English and French couples laugh at satires on each other; at the right Cambacérès and his companions find a customer buying a satire directed at themselves. 1814 Hand-coloured etching

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1814
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 215 millimetres (trimmed)
    • Width: 269 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title below and a scorpion (Forceval's symbol)
  • Curator's comments

    The following is taken from an article in the 'British Museum Magazine' of 2011:
    There are many British satires that show windows of print shops with passers-by looking in, but not so many from France. The artist, who signs with a scorpion, can be identified from documents as a certain Forceval. In the window of the shop are displayed newly issued caricatures, and in the street outside looking at them are the subjects of those self-same prints. At the far left, the badly-dressed couple of English tourists snigger at the print of the French elegants, who stand beside them, laughing in turn at the caricature of the English couple. On the right side are the much disliked chancellor Cambacérès and his two companions, who look alarmed as they see the print that is held by the man in front of the counter. Although small, its title is clearly legible as 'Les habits retournés', and it shows Cambacérès and his companions hastily exchanging their Napoleonic uniforms for their new Royalist livery - a jibe at Cambacérès's notorious ability to side with whoever was on top, which enabled him to keep his position as chancellor on Napoleon's fall in 1814. An impression of this print is in the British Museum (1856,0712.641).

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  • Location

    Not on display (French XIXc Mounted Roy)

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2011

  • Acquisition notes

    Sale Ader Nordmann, Drouot Richelieu, 4 March 2011, lot 81 (containing two prints)

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    2011,7027.1

Passers-by looking at caricatures of themselves in the window of a print shop in Paris; at the left English and French couples laugh at satires on each other; at the right Cambacérès and his companions find a customer buying a satire directed at themselves.  1814 Hand-coloured etching

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Passers-by looking at caricatures of themselves in the window of a print shop in Paris; at the left English and French couples laugh at satires on each other; at the right Cambacérès and his companions find a customer buying a satire directed at themselves. 1814 Hand-coloured etching

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