Thursday, July 09, 2009

More Satirical Abominations
Print made by Samuel De Wilde "The monster melo-drama." (hand colored etching) 1807

Print made by Charles Williams "Boney forsaken by his guardian genius." (hand colored etching) 1814
"The Devil hovers above Napoleon, who kneels on one knee, looking up in horror; he snatches the crown from the Emperor's head; in his left hand he holds up a second crown. He is dark, hairy, and muscular, with webbed wings and barbed tail. Napoleon, who wears uniform with a sash and a very large sword, with Hessian boots, leans back with arms extended protestingly; he says: "My Guardian Angel—my Protector, do not desert me in the hour of Danger." The Devil: "Poh! Poh! you cannot expect to reign for ever, besides I want you at home to teach some of the young imps wickedness." Great clouds of smoke rise from distant flames, where 'Paris' (right) is blazing."

Print made by Thomas Rowlandson "Plump to the devil we boldly kick'd bot Nap and his partner Joe." (hand colored etching) 1813

Print made by Francis Barlow (etching) 1671-80
"Satire concerning Dutch political events in the 1670s: a Dutch cheese has been opened to reveal a group of men standing around a table who react with horror as one of their number is snatched by a devil perched aloft and others clamber or fall out of the open cheese joining maggots, frogs and others on the ground; on the left, Dutchmen climb from smaller holes in the cheese to be greeted by a devil who expresses the desire to eat them; on the right, a Dutchman carrying the flag of the United Provinces rides on a fish and complains "... our fleet's disabled, and our Toadstool Throne,/Is sinking now, for we are left alone"; the devil on top of the cheese excretes further Dutchmen (one represented as a frog); at top right, another devil blows a trumpet, crying, "I doe proclain the Fall of Belgion States/Who for last Cent'ry were our intimates/But now soe proud, and impudent they're grown/They must be humbled to preserve our owne"."

Artist unknown "Faction Display'd" (etching/engraving) 1709
"A satirical broadside on factions within the Church, resisted by Sacheverell; with an etching showing a beast with seven heads, including that of the Pope and Daniel Defoe, on its tail the Whore of Babylon playing upon a violoncello, along and through the main body of the beast runs a cannon, which is fired by the devil and shooting daggers, whips and other items towards the figure of Sacheverell, who is standing on the right and holding an opened Bible"

Print made by Charles Jameson Grant "Taking the Boromongers home" (hand colored lithograph) 1832

Published by Laurie & Whittle "Old Maids Leading Apes" (hand colored etching) 1797
"Lettered with the title, and "In Ancient sayings we hear tell, / Of Maidens leading Apes in Hell; / But Younger Maidens it is said, / Lead Puppies to their Wedding Bed.","

After Henry William Bunbury "The Origin of the Gout" (hand colored etching) 1800-20

Artist unknown "Das ist mein lieber Sohn an dem ich Wohlgefallen habe (This is my dear son)" etching, 1813-14
"Satirical print showing a seated devil cradling his 'baby son', Napoleon I. "

Print made by I M (hand colored etching) 1800
"a man in a study full of books, a telescope and mathematical instruments is tormented by blue devils with instruments of suicide."

Print made by Thomas Rowlandson "The champion of Oakhampton, attacking the hydra of Gloucester place." (hand colored etching) 1809
"Wardle in armour with plumed helmet and floating cloak attacks with sword and shield a hydra with seven heads, all in profile, each wearing an inscribed collar. The principal head is that of the Duke of York (a flattering portrait), wearing The Collar of Corruption. The others are Bowler, Clarke, O Meara, Master Carter [the smallest], Sandon, Dr Donovan [with a pen behind his ear]. A serpent lies beside the hydra. Behind is the mouth of a cave. Below the title: Bellva Multorum es Capitum!! vide Horace [Epistles, 1. i. 76]. ('Thou art the Beast of many heads.')"

Published by T Kaygill "Needs Must, when the Devil Drives" (hand colored etching/stippling) 1806

All art and quotes found while digging through the vast collection at The British Museum.


Anonymous said...

one of the best blog ! thanks for your work !

Anonymous said...

More great stuff that I have not seen before! - I love that four headed monster in the harlequin costume breast feeding the little figures.
The process of trying to communicate a specific meaning forces the political artist to invent ever more bizzare monsters. - Like the other breast feeding monster in the previous post, where one leg is a wolf and the other a swan.
The breast feeding harlequin monster reminded me of the giant rat monster breast feeding a little figure in the watercolour by Soehnee.
Paul Rumsey

Anonymous said...

- You posted the Soehnee giant rat monster on 3/28/2007.

Aeron said...

I was browsing an auction site the other day and saw a lot of works from Soehnee on there. Unfortunately all the pictures were very small, but it was interesting to see what kind of prices the art was fetching. I remember it was something around 17,000 US dollars although I could be mistaken.

I really need to get around to buying his book!

Anonymous said...

It is cheapest on Amazon France, - I have nearly bought it a few times. But it is quite expensive as it is only 116 pages.