- Museum number
Object: La fête a été magnifique et l'allégresse universelle
Series: La Caricature
Plate 195, n.95; satire showing King Louis-Philippe attending a ball with some of his ministers (such as d'Argout and Soult on the left) while below prisoners await in an underground cave. 30 August 1832
- Production date
- 30 August 1832
Height: 316 millimetres (printed area)
Width: 235 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The title ('the party was magnificent and everybody rejoiced') is a quotation taken from the account given by 'Le Moniteur' of the commemoration of the July Revolution, which were celebrated while an epidemic of cholera was affecting, among other places, the prison of Sainte-Pélagie.
The two scenes shown on this lithographs satirize the contrast between the government and political prisoners.
Von Kritter points out that the text of 'La Caricature' (no. 95, p.758) referring to this illustration criticizes the equal treatment between political prisoners and thiefs ('A la force, les détenus politiques sont confondus avec les voleurs') as well as the fact that the King did not see fit to use his right to grant amnesty to the prisoners.
This kind of representation is not new: in 1822 Edmé Jean Pigal and Charles Aubry did a similar lithograph satirizing the contrast between upper and lower classes. Aubry depicted a scene representing a masked ball, and Pigal a scene representing prisoners in a cave; see: PPA129133.
- Not on display
- Associated events
- Associated Event: July Monarchy 1830-1848
- Associated titles
Associated Title: La Caricature
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