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French Habits / Le Boureau

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • Le Boureau

    Title (series)

    • French Habits
  • Description

    Plate 6: Above the design: 'French Habits, N°. 6.' Tierney (right), directed to the left, stands on a scaffold beside a guillotine, on which his right hand rests. He wears a round hat with a red feather and small tricolour cockade, a black cloak, below which appear his own striped stockings and half-boots. The blade of the guillotine is raised; it drips blood, as does the aperture for the victim's neck. Behind, the heads of a crowd, all wearing the bonnet-rouge, look up at the scaffold. On the right is a house. 18 April 1798
    Hand-coloured etching


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1798
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 263 millimetres
    • Width: 198 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title, artist's name, and publication line: 'Js Gy d. & ft./ Pubd April 18th 1798. 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)
    See BMSat 9196; this dress is not one of those officially prescribed. Lord Holland notes that it is 'not like' Tierney.
    Grego, 'Gillray', p. 239. Wright and Evans, No. 190. Reprinted, 'G.W.G.', 1830. Reproduced, Dayot, 'Ré', p. 353; C. E. Jensen, 'Socialdemokratiets Aarhundrede I.', Copenhagen, 1904, p. 31.


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 9201 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Unmounted Roy)

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number


FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 1798   Hand-coloured etching

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 1798 Hand-coloured etching

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