The genius of France triumphant, or, Britannia petitioning for peace vide, the proposals of Opposition / [graphic]
Lewis Walpole Library > The genius of France triumphant, or, Britannia petitioning for peace vide, the proposals of Opposition / [graphic]
- The genius of France triumphant, or, Britannia petitioning for peace vide, the proposals of Opposition / [graphic]
- Alternative Title
- Britannia petitioning for peace
- Gillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker
- Published / Created
- [2 February 1795]
- Publication Place
- Pubd. Feby. 2d, 1795, by H. Humphrey, No. 37 New Bond Street
"Britannia (left) grovels before a monster (right) representing the French Republic. Behind her stand Fox, Sheridan, and Stanhope, as sansculottes, joyfully hailing the apparition. Britannia on her knees, and bending forward, holds out her arms in a gesture of abject submission, pointing to her shield and spear, the crown and sceptre, and 'Magna Charta' which lie on the ground before her. She is on the edge of a cliff. The monster is supported on dark clouds; he is a man seated with arms and legs akimbo, one jack-boot is planted on the sun, a face in its disk looking from the corners of the eyes at Britannia with a dismayed expression; the other is on a crescent enclosing the old moon. His seat is the point of a huge bomb-shaped cap of 'Li-ber-tas'. His head is a black cloud on which grotesquely fierce features are indicated. Above his head rises a guillotine emitting rays of light. His dress is that of a ragged sansculotte with a dagger thrust in his belt. The British sansculottes are also bare-legged and wear belts in which a dagger is thrust; but they have nothing of the fierce arrogance of France. Fox, his stockings ungartered, and Sheridan, shambling forward with propitiatory gestures, remove their bonnets-rouges. Fox holds out two large keys labelled 'Keys of the Bank of England'; Sheridan proffers a document: 'We Promise the Surrender of the Navy of Great Brita[in] - of Corsica [see BMSat 8516] - of the East & West Indias [see BMSat 8599] - & to abolish the Worship of a God' [cf. BMSat 8350]. Stanhope, less deprecating, stands behind the others, waving his bonnet-rouge and a rolled document inscribed 'Destruction of Parliament'."--British Museum online catalogue
Title etched below image.
Dedication etched below title: To the patriotic advocates for peace, this seemly sight is dedicated.
Sheet trimmed within plate mark.
Temporary local subject terms: Monsters: French Republic as a monster -- Opposition: members of the Opposition -- Keys to the Bank of England -- Magna Charta -- Sansculottes -- Bonnet-rouges -- Sceptres -- Shields -- Crowns.
- 1 print : sheet 25 x 37 cm
- Lewis Walpole Library
- Call Number
Subjects, Formats, And Genres
Caricatures and cartoons
Satires (Visual works) England 1795
Aquatints England London 1795
Etchings England London 1795
- etching & aquatint ; and wove paper hand-colored.
- Resource Type
- still image
- Subject (Name)
Fox, Charles James, 1749-1806
Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816
Stanhope, Charles Stanhope, Earl, 1753-1816
- Subject (Topic)
- Britannia (Symbolic character)
Fox, Charles James, 1749-1806 > Caricatures and cartoons
Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816 > Caricatures and cartoons
Stanhope, Charles Stanhope, Earl, 1753-1816 > Caricatures and cartoons
Britannia (Symbolic character)
England > 1795
England > London > 1795
Riviere & Son > Binding
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley > Ownership
Harvey, Francis > Ownership
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