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Image ID:
lwlpr07570
Call Number:
792.12.00.03.2+
Creator:
Rowlandson, Thomas, 1756-1827, printmaker.
Title:
The contrast 1792
Edition:
[Another state].
Published:
[England? : s.n., ca. Dec. 1792]
Description:
1 print on wove paper : etching, hand-colored ; two round images on one plate, plate mark 27.3 x 37.3 cm., on sheet 28 x 41 cm.
Notes:
Printmaker, artist and publication date from George. | In lower right corner of plate: Price plain 3d coloured 6. | Six lines of text below each image. under the image of British Liberty: Religion, morality, loyalty ... Under the image of French Liberty: Atheism, perjury, rebellion ... At the lower edge, below both columns: Which is best. | Variant state of no. 8149 in the Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 6. with no question mark after 'which is best', 'price' partially burnished out, 'perjury' instead of 'periury'.
Reference:
Rowlandson the caricaturist / by Joseph Grego. London, Chatto and Windus, 1880, v. i, p. 317-8
Summary:
Two medallions side-by-side contrast British Liberty and French Liberty. On the left Britannia is seated under a large oak looking out to sea at a ship under full sail. At her feet lies the British lion, in her hands the scales of justice and a copy of t
Subjects:
  •  Medusa (Greek mythology)
  • Britannia (Symbolic character)
  • Decapitations.
  • Hangings (Executions).
  • Liberty cap.
  • Liberty.
  • Scales.
  • Ships.
  • France - History - Revolution, 1789-1799.
  • France - History - Revolution, 1789-1799 - Foreign public opinion, British.
  • Form / Genre:
  •  Satires (Visual works) - England - 1792.
  • Etchings - England - London - 1792.
  • Also Listed Under:
  •  Murray, George, Lord, 1761-1803, artist.
  • Link to Orbis Record:
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