Democratic leveling, alliance a la Franc̦oise, or, The union of the coronet & clyster-pipe [graphic].

Gillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker.
Physical Description:
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.
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.
Variant Titles:
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.
Satires (Visual works)--England--1796.
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Call Number:
Auchincloss Gillray v. 4
Orbis Record:
Yale Collection:
Lewis Walpole Library
Digital Collection:
Lewis Walpole Library
Local Record Number:
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