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- Object: Returning from a review at the Champ de Mars in Paris.
Soldiers in double file march (left to right) in a Paris street diagonally across the design. They are led by a fat debauched-looking monk who leers at a nun by his side; both carry drawn sabres. A fiddler capers in front of the pair. Next is a drummer; the soldiers are correctly dressed and carry bayoneted muskets. A man with a long loaf of bread waves his hat frantically. In the foreground (left) is a shoeblack who, gazing at the monk and nun, applies his brush to the stocking of his enraged customer. Other spectators are a lawyer, an officer arm-in-arm with a coquettish girl. On the extreme right a 'limonadier', his vessel strapped to his back, turns its tap into the glass of a dwarfish boy or man. The lower part of buildings abutting on the street forms a background: a church wedged between a house (left) and a barber's shop (right) indicated by wigs and implements painted on the shutter, &c. 1802
Hand-coloured etching and aquatint
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Height: 478 millimetres
Width: 665 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
Probably the return from the 'Fête de la Fédération' of 14 July 1790. The 'décrotteur' and 'limonadier' resemble those in Paris scenes by Bunbury, BMSats 4763, 4782, 4919. See BMSat 8271, &c.
For more information on this series of prints, see David Bindman, "The Shadow of the Guillotine", (BMP, 1989, p.94).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1989 May-Sep, BM, Shadow of the Guillotine: Britain and French Revolution
1990 Jan-Mar, Manchester, Whitworth AG, Britain and French Revolution
1990 Jun-Sep, Vizille, Mus/Rev Francaise, Britain and French Revolution
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