Title: The Zenith of French glory;-The Pinnacle of Liberty

By: Gillray, James

Map id: 52161
Publisher: Henry G.Bohn
Published date: 1849circa

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The Zenith of French glory;-The Pinnacle of Liberty

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Long title: The Zenith of French glory;-The Pinnacle of Liberty , Religion, Justice, Loyalty & all the Bugbears of Unenlightened Minds, Farewell! Copper engraving, later hand colouring. Overall size in hinged off white fully conservation mount and back (so floating freely apart from two pieces of archival tape : 40.4cms.x 52.3cms. Image size including title : 242mm.x 355mm. Very good condition. 'On 21st September 1792 the French National Convention abolished the monarchy. During 16-17 January 1793 a vote was taken by roll-call for the death of the King, the voting being 387 to 334 in favour. On the morning of 18 January 1793 Louis XVI was guillotined before a vast crowd, including massed ranks of soldiers, in the place de Revolution (now place de la Concorde). This grim sequence of events culminated in the Convention's declaration of war against Great Britain and Holland on 1 February. A state of war had thus existed for twelve days when this engraving was published . The viewpoint of this engraving is original and effective. A bishop and two monks dangle from a horizontal bar and the bishop's crozier, surmounted by a cap of liberty, bisects a metal strut to form an inverted crucifix. An actual crucifix in a niche above this has an attached strip of paper reading,'Bon Soir Monsieur'. the sans-culotte, his bare behind balanced on the lantern and his foot on the bishop's neck, is one of Gillray's most telling interventions. The scene of execution in the distance is sketched in with a hurried shorthand of lines but the guillotine, its blade about to descent , is carefully drawn'. The Art of Caricature by Richard Godfrey. There can be no doubt that this was an arresting and powerful engraving in its first edition of 1793. Please see our background information for details of Gillray's life and art.

Subject Caricature
Map maker Gillray, James
Publisher Henry G.Bohn
Published at year 1849circa

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