Anecdote maçonnique [graphic] / dessiné par un Frere Maçon, temoin de la scêne = A Masonic anecdote / design'd by a Brother Mason, a witness of the scene.
Gillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker.
[21 November 1786]
1 print : etching with stipple on laid paper ; sheet 51.7 x 45.8 cm
Titles in English and French etched above image. Printmaker from British Museum catalogue. Captions in French and English etched under each title, respectively. Thirty lines of verse in French below image on left, under the heading, "Abregè de l'histoire du Comte Arabe": Nè Dieu sait où, maintenu Dieu sait comme ... Thirty lines of verse in English below image on right, under the heading, "Abstract of the Arabian Count's memoirs": Born God knows where, supported God knows how ... Sheet trimmed within plate mark, and imprint statement mostly erased from sheet; imprint from British Museum catalogue. CtY-LW Temporary local subject terms: Trades: hairdresser -- Hairdressers: Mr. Barker, King Street, Bloomsbury -- Opticians: Mr. Mash -- Interior of the Freemasons' Lodge of Antiquity -- Freemasons' symbols -- Furniture: dining table -- Upholstered chair -- Lighting: candlesticks -- Glass decanter -- Glass bottle -- Wine glasses -- Punch bowls.
"A masonic feast: in the centre of the room on a platform is an empty armchair decorated with a masonic symbol. Below it and on the right is a table with punch-bowl, glasses, candles, &c, behind which are the English members of the Lodge, some seated, others standing. On the left sit the French members, the most prominent being Cagliostro; all wear masonic aprons. ... "--British Museum online catalogue.
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley--Ownership. Cagliostro, Alessandro,--conte di,--1743-1795--Caricatures and cartoons. Harvey, Francis--Ownership. Humphrey, Hannah, active 1774-1817, publisher. Riviere & Son Binding.
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Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 6, no. 7010 Wright, T. Works of James Gillray, the caricaturist with the history of his life and times, p. 83 Wright, T. Historical and descriptive account of the caricatures by James Gillray, no. 379***