Democratic leveling, alliance a la Franc̦oise, or, The union of the coronet & clyster-pipe [graphic].
Gillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker.
[4 March 1796]
1 print : etching on wove paper, hand-colored ; sheet 35 x 26 cm
Title etched below image. Printmaker from British Museum catalogue. Sheet trimmed within plate mark. CtY-LW Temporary local subject terms: Marriage ceremonies -- Rings: wedding rings -- Marriages: misalliance -- Medical implements -- Bonnets rouges -- Allusion to sansculottes -- Reference to Paine's The Rights of Man -- Reference to John Thelwall's Tribune -- Pictures amplifying subject: guillotining of peers -- Architectural details: balustrades -- Lady Lucy Rachel Stanhope -- Thomas Taylor of Sevenoaks.
"Fox and Sheridan officiate at the wedding of Lady Lucy Stanhope and an apothecary who is made up of medical implements. The bride is a pretty girl wearing a feathered hat from which a transparent veil falls over her face. Stanhope (left), without breeches, and wearing a bonnet-rouge, stooping in profile to the right, pushes her towards the bridegroom who is placing a ring on her finger; from his coat-pocket protrudes a three-masted vessel flying a tricolour flag (see BMSat 8640). The bridegroom, Taylor, is also a sansculotte; his posteriors are formed of a syringe, his body is a mortar, from which issues a pestle supporting a bonnet-rouge. His arm is made of two medicine-phials. Fox stands full-face behind the altar balustrade holding open Paine's 'Rights of Man' (see BMSat 7867, &c). He wears surplice and bands. Sheridan stands (right) in profile to the left, reading from 'Thelwal's Lectures' (cf. BMSat 8685), he wears a lay coat with bands; both wear bonnets-rouges. On the wall which forms a background, and immediately above Fox, is a large picture, 'Shrine of Equality': three men wearing bonnets-rouges officiate at a guillotine; the blade is about to fall on a man wearing a ducal coronet; other peers stand (right) waiting their turn. On the ground by the guillotine lie coronets which have just been chopped off."--British Museum online catalogue.
Union of the coronet & clyster pipe Alliance a la Franc̦aise Union of the coronet and clyster pipe
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley--Ownership. Fox, Charles James,--1749-1806--Caricatures and cartoons. Harvey, Francis--Ownership. Humphrey, Hannah, active 1774-1817, publisher. Riviere & Son Binding. Sheridan, Richard Brinsley,--1751-1816--Caricatures and cartoons. Stanhope, Charles Stanhope,--Earl,--1753-1816--Caricatures and cartoons.
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796.03.04.01+ Auchincloss Gillray v. 4
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Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 7, no. 8787 Wright, T. Works of James Gillray, the caricaturist with the history of his life and times, p. 201
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