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A French gentleman of the court of Louis XVIth. A French gentleman of the court of Égalité, 1799

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  • Title (object)

    • A French gentleman of the court of Louis XVIth. A French gentleman of the court of Égalité, 1799
  • Description

    An elderly courtier of the 'ancien régime' (left) bows low, in profile to the right, grimacing: 'Je suis voire tres humble Serviteur'. His features are aquiline; he wears a high toupet wig and a large black bag (which flies into the air as he bows) with a solitaire ribbon round the neck. His small tricorne hat is in his right hand, his left hand is on his breast; his fingers are extravagantly pointed. His successor (right) stands in back view, legs astride, hands thrust deep into his coat-pockets, a bludgeon projecting vertically from the left pocket. His head, with blunt, coarse features, is turned in profile to the left, to say: "Baiser mon Cu [sic]". He has shaggy hair with a long pigtail queue, and wears a large cocked hat, one peak on his neck, round which is a clumsy neck-cloth. His coat is loose with broad collar and projecting revers. His breeches are tied beneath the knee, showing striped stockings above very wrinkled boots with grotesquely pointed toes. 15 August 1799
    Hand-coloured etching


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  • Date

    • 1799
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 260 millimetres
    • Width: 358 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with artist's name, title, text within image and publication line: "Js. Gillray, inv. & fec. / Pubd August 15th. 1799. by H. Humphrey 27 St James's Street".
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
    A reduced copy was issued without imprint. A. de R. xv. 131.
    Grego, 'Gillray', p. 165. Wright and Evans, No. 455. Reprinted, 'G.W.G.', 1830.

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 9410 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Mounted Roy)

  • Exhibition history

    2002 Jan-Mar, Newcastle, Hatton Gall, Followers of Fashion
    2002 Jun-Jul, Belfast, Ulster Mus, Followers of Fashion
    2002 Aug-Sep, Nottingham, Djanogly AG, Followers of Fashion
    2002/3 Dec-Feb, Brighton MAG, Followers of Fashion
    2003 Apr-Jun, Braintree District Mus, Followers of Fashion

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FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 15 August 1799  Hand-coloured etching

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 15 August 1799 Hand-coloured etching

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