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James Gillray (1756-1815), Promis’d Horrors of the French Invasion, -or- Forcible Reasons for Negociating a Regicide Peace
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The British Museum holds one of the world’s largest collections of prints. Some of the most famous are political satires and prints from the time of the French Revolution and subsequent wars against Napoleon. In this example, James Gillray is presenting a nightmare image of French soldiers in London after a successful invasion of Britain.

It was made in 1796, after Napoleon Bonaparte’s lightning campaign in northern Italy, when Britain considered peace with France. The print is attacking supporters of one of the two main political factions in British politics of the time, the Whigs, showing them as supporting the foreign invaders and throwing up their hats and cheering outside their headquarters, Brooks’s Club. In the centre of the scene the Whig leader, Charles James Fox, flogs the Tory Prime Minister, William Pitt. Many people are surprised that the British Museum collects a wide range of objects about politics and continues to acquire modern examples.

James Gillray (1756-1815), Promis’d Horrors of the French Invasion, -or- Forcible Reasons for Negociating a Regicide Peace


Published in London, AD 1796.
Ht 32,4 cm.



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