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Study of demonic figures, for the satirical print 'The Apotheosis of Hoche'; rough sketch of devils and other figures lying on clouds swirling around a long ascending central figure. c 1797-8
Pen and brown iron gall ink
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Height: 254 millimetres
Width: 209 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Study for BM Satire 9156. The French General Lazare Hoche died on Sept 18, 1797 and spectacular funeral celebrations were held in Paris. Gillray's heavily ironic print was an inversion of the Christian symbols generally found in traditional depictions of the apotheosis of a saint or the Last Judgement. The print's design was the suggestion of J. H. Frere and Rev. John Sneyd part of the group of government supporters around the young George Canning.
See BM Satires and D Bindman, 'The Shadow of the Guillotine' exh., BM, 1989, cat. no. 175
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2000 May-July, Brighton Mus. & Art Gallery, 'Carnivalesque'
2000 July-Sept, Nottingham Castle Museum, 'Carnivalesque'
2000 Oct-Dec, Edinburgh, City Art Centre, 'Carnivalesque'
2001 May-Sep BM, P&D, 'Paper Assets' (no cat.)
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- Acquisition notes
- This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45. The British Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of all works during that era.
The members of the family of the collector Iolo Williams (1890-1962) sold a number of works they had inherited at a sale at Sotheby's 31.iii.1999. This was included in this sale, but where he purchased the work is not known.
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