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- Object: Catholic gratitude for Protestant protection & restoration!!
Protestants are being burned at the stake and stabbed, houses are burning with the approval of the Duke and Duchess of Angoulême. A sign-post (left) pointing 'To Nismes' shows that the town is Nîmes. The Duke, wearing uniform, stands on a cask (right) addressing soldiers who stand round him: G"ood soldiers Obey my Orders & your King will love you." A cavalry soldier answers with a delighted grin: "Oh! by gar de good Catholic Kill all Hereticks, de preist make dem swear dat." A grenadier holding a musket (right) scowls angrily, saying, "Ungrateful wretch do you not owe your present restoration alone to Protestants." John Bull is a pendant to this group in the left foreground; he wears top-boots and holds a cudgel, clenching his fist and glaring angrily to the right; he exclaims: "Hell hounds, They are all of a peice, see the Catholic Bishops of Belgium's memorial to their King! If you protect any religion but the Catholic we will rebell!!!" The Duchess stands with her back to the outrages addressing a fat bare-footed friar: "Turn out the protestants from all the schools, they will contaminate them & no children of Protestants shall be admitted & none but Catholic schools shall be allow'd." He registers delight, saying, "Oh! the blessings of Heaven decend upon you." A woman with a veil over her head watches the couple, saying, "Did not the protestants of Gt Britain forget all the former persecutions by the Catholics of France, & succour, maintain fight for & restore you to your present dignity & power. Oh Black ingratitude Blush at such detestable bigotary & thirst for blood." Behind these foreground figures ruffians seize and stab helpless victims; a man is suspended from a stake over a fire. The flames and smoke blend with those issuing from blazing houses (right); a woman with children appeals for help from an upper window. After the title: 'For the first part read [Foxe's] Book of Martyrs &c.'
22 January 1816
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Height: 240 millimetres
Width: 350 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
A satire on the White Terror. According to Romilly, in the department of the Garde 200 persons had been murdered, 240 houses had been destroyed, thirty women had been flogged, eight of whom had died. The French Government was accused of doing nothing to suppress the disorders of a fanatical mob except by issuing a proclamation. 'Memoirs of Romilly', 27 Feb. 1816; 'Parl. Deb.' xxxii. 882 f., 934. The duc d'Angoulême played an honourable and useful part in opposing Royalist excesses after 1815. Temperley, 'Foreign Policy of Canning', p. 55. See Nos. 12614, 12707. Reissued, 22 Jan. 1826, the date altered in pen.
Reid, No. 456. Cohn, No. 976.
Incorrectly dated 1815 by Reid and Cohn.
Coloured impressions in 'Caricatures', xii. 69.
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