1 print : etching on wove paper ; plate mark 27.4 x 22.1 cm, on sheet 35 x 27 cm + 1 sheet ( page)
Title etched below image. Artist identified as Hess and printmaker questionably identified as Gillray in the British Museum catalogue. Place and date of publication from British Museum catalogue. Possibly published by Hannah Humphrey. See British Museum catalogue. One of twenty plates published as a bound set entitled: Hollandia regenerata. Plate numbered "12" in upper left corner. With: Letterpress explanation in French that includes appropriate texts from the Bible in Dutch and in English. Temporary local subject terms: Holland: civil discord -- Committees: refugee committee -- Frenchmen -- Lamps: carriage lamps -- Jews -- Trades: tailors -- Brokers -- Military uniforms: Dutch uniforms -- Cap of liberty.
"The patriots (known as 'Bataves', who had emigrated in 1787 after their defeat by the Anglo-Prussian alliance, see BMSat 7178, &c.) approach the committee (apparently two French Représentants en Mission) with requests for money and clothes. Four men stand obsequiously on the right, two with papers inscribed 'Request'. From the pocket of one (right), dressed as a soldier, projects a carriage-lamp (which he is alleged in the text to have stolen). One Frenchman (wearing a scarf inscribed 'Representant'), holding a pair of breeches, puts money into an outstretched palm. The other haughtily watches the suppliants. On the left an old Jew measures a patriot wearing sabots, his coat inscribed 'N° 25', for a suit of clothes. Behind him is a wall from which projects a sign: 'Nathan Levi Uitdraager en Kleermaaker' [broker and tailor]. On the wall are four pegs, from one hangs a 'Capts Pack': coat, boots, and sword, from another a 'Lts Pack': coat and sword. Between them hangs a small empty bag of 'Courage Militais' [sic], and on the right a mask. Behind the suppliants is a door (right) above which is a notice surmounted by a cap of liberty: 'Nederlandsche \ Societeÿt \ Vry Wÿn en Moll' [Wine and beer gratis]. On the door: 'gebranndte Waateren te koop' [brandy for sale]. Text, 'Proverbs', xiii. 21."--British Museum online catalogue.
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Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 7, no. 8857 Wright, T. Works of James Gillray, the caricaturist with the history of his life and times, p. 373
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