FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 24 February 1798  Hand-coloured etching and letterpress

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1868,0808.6702

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FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 24 February 1798 Hand-coloured etching and letterpress

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  • An altered state of BMSat 6710 ('The Grand British Balloon', 1784). The British lion holding the Union Jack is altered to a Gallic fighting-cock holding a tricolour flag inscribed 'Liberty' and surmounted by the cap of Liberty.  The date '2440' with the crown and 'G.R' are replaced by a guillotine.   Massed troops have been placed on the galleries traversing the balloon and on the deck of the ship.  The two sails are inscribed 'Slavery'. The pendent cage is removed.  The sea with ships has been added, forming a base to the design.  The (printed) title continues: 'Intended to convey the Army of England from the Gallic Shore, \ For the Purpose of exchanging French Liberty! for English Happiness! \ Accurately copied from a Plan presented to the Executive Directory, \ By Citizen Monge.' 24 February 1798<br/>Hand-coloured etching and letterpress

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