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Object: Juge de Paix
Series: French Habits
Plate 10: Above the design: 'French Habits, N° 10'. Nicholls, M.P. for Tregony, sits in an arm-chair directed to the left; in his right hand is a tall staff in whose head is an eye; his left hand is thrust under his coat, which is buttoned. From a tricolour ribbon round his neck is suspended a small metal olive-branch. He wears his ordinary dress, his shrunken legs in wide half-boots. The portrait shows the notoriously ugly Nicholls, with his left eye closed, a projecting lower jaw, his upper lip drawn up in a permanent snarl. He sits on a square dais covered with a flowered carpet. Behind is a wall of heavy blocks of stone, in which (above his head) is a niche. In this stands a statue of Justice, her eyes covered by a bonnet-rouge, her scales and sword held up aggressively. 21 May 1798
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Height: 262 millimetres
Width: 193 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
See BMSat 9196. The dress of a juge de paix was as depicted: ordinary dress, with staff and olive-branch, the latter suspended on a white ribbon with red and blue borders. Gillray was observed by Frere in the gallery of the House of Commons 'contemplating very seriously and I hope successfully the features of Mr. Nicholl'. Bagot, 'Canning and his Friends', 1909, i. 143 (letter to Sneyd, n.d., 1797-8). See BMSat 9049. Cf.
'And fierce Nicholl who wields at will
Th' emphatic stick, or powerful quill,
To prove his country's ruin.
'Ode to Lord Moira'' (cf. BMSat 9184).
Grego, 'Gillray', p. 239. Wright and Evans, No. 194. Reprinted, 'G.W.G.', 1830.
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