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- Object: Le prétexte
One of French prints (Nos. 12634-12641), c. 1815, on the British in Paris continued from No. 12354, &c. Two Highlanders stoop over the fruit displayed on the ground by a young peasant girl (right) seated on her basket. One bargains; she holds up two fingers. He wears a sergeant's stripes with a flag and crossed swords. Both wear large feathered bonnet, short kilt, and tartan socks. Two comely and well-dressed Parisiennes seated on chairs under a tree (left), make pretexts to stoop and thus see under the Highlanders' kilts: one rolls a ball for a small child; the other stoops over the cross-gartering of her shoe.
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Height: 230 millimetres
Width: 291 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
The Scottish regiments bivouacked in 1815 in the Champs Élysées; their kilts caused a sensation among Parisian women. Gronow, 'Reminiscences', 1892, i. 81. The Highlanders and the fruit-seller are copied in a composite plate by Grego, see No. 12382. Ibid. ii. 324. See also Nos. 12635-9.
A copy (coloured), Grand-Carteret, p. 114.
This print is listed in the 'Bibliographie de France' on 28 October 1815 by Bernot. This is one of only five plates entered by a Mme Bernod (or Bernaud) in the BdlF in 1815 at an address at rue Melée n.52. They all seem to have been distributed by Martinet.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1993 May-Jun, Southampton City AG, Europeans in Caricature
1993 Jul-Sep, Bolton Museum & AG, Europeans in Caricature
1993 Oct-Nov, Newton Powys, Oriel 31, Europeans in Caricature
1994 Feb-Mar, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Europeans in Caricature
1994 May-Jul, Eastbourne, Towner AG, Europeans in Caricature
2004-2005 Jul-Jan, London, Tate Britain, Art and National Identity
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