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Fox et Pitt. Il est bien temps Mons Pitt de pleurer quand Fox rit

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1868,0808.6383

  • Title (object)

    • Fox et Pitt. Il est bien temps Mons Pitt de pleurer quand Fox rit
  • Description

    Design in a circle. Profile masks of Fox (left) and Pitt (right), back to back. Fox, scarcely caricatured but a poor portrait, smiles; Pitt, caricatured, weeps with drawn-down mouth. Beneath the title:

    'Il est bien terns Mons Pitt de pleurer quand Fox rit.
    L'orsque les Français de toi seront en face
    Bon Dieu qu'elle grimace
    feras-tu donc alors? quel sera ton dépit!
    Trompé dans ton attente,
    Pour ton pays, qu'en résultera t'il?
    Une descente,
    Ainsi-soit-il.' 1798 Etching and stipple

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1798
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 183 millimetres
    • Width: 157 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title continuing with eight lines of verse (transcribed by George). With production details 'dess à Londres' and 'Gravé à Paris par Adam'. With publication line 'à Paris chez Depeuille Rue des Mathurins St Jacque. Deposse a la Biblioteque'.
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
    The satire may relate to a vague threat of invasion, such as that of 1794 (see BMSat 8432), and to British disasters, cf. BMSat 8496. For the reactions of the Opposition to victory and defeat cf. BMSat 9248, &c.
    de Vinck, No. 4383. Outline copy, reversed, Jaime, ii, Pl. '55 bis'.

    (Supplementary information)
    The IFF records that this plate was deposited on 10 January 1798; see "ImofFr no. 114. Dépôt légal des estampes, 21 nivôse l'an VI, 10 janvier 1798, no. 20 -- Le Citoyen {Jean Adam}, graveur, a déposé deux gravures d'une caricature ayant pour titre Foy et Pitt. 1 item. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Est., Rés. Ye10 pet. in-fol."
    The print refers to the project to invade England during the period. The composition was indeed drawn in London, and is taken from one of the radical tokens issued by Thomas Spence between 1795-6 (see R.C.Bell, 'Political and other commemorative pieces simulating trademen's tokens 1770-1802', 1986, cat.TS.31). George tentatively but wrongly suggests a date in 1794.

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  • Bibliography

    • IFF 1 bibliographic details
    • De Vinck 1909-1967 4383 bibliographic details
    • BM Satires 8518 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Satires French 1797 Unmounted Roy)

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1868

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1868,0808.6383

Satire: a circular composition of a Janus-headed Fox on the left who laughs, and Pitt on the right who cries.  1798 Etching and stipple

Satire: a circular composition of a Janus-headed Fox on the left who laughs, and Pitt on the right who cries. 1798 Etching and stipple

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