Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Satirical Monsters
Print made by James Gillray "Saint George and the Dragon" (hand colored etching) 1782

Print made by James Gillray (After Lt-Col Thomas Braddyll?) "Saint George and the Dragon" (hand colored etching)1805

Print made by Thomas Rowlandson "Bell and the dragon." (etching) 1811

Artist unknown, "Digestion de la Constitution" (etching/aquatint) 1792
"Counter-revolutionary satire: a monstrous dragon is fed by two patriots with gold and silver, and excretes decrees that are collected by the municipality of Paris."

Print made by James Sayers "Mr Burke's pair of spectacles for short sighted politicians" (etching/aquatint) 1791

Print made by George Cruikshank "The death of the property tax!!!" (hand colored etching) 1816

Published by Edward Hedges "The rara-avis or the devil turnd bird catcher." (etching) 1784

Print made by William Henry Brooke "Dispute between monopoly and power Satirist" (hand colored etching) 1813

Artist unknown, "Retour de l'Ile d'Elbe, il ramène la liberté!" (hand colored etching) 1814

"Satire against Napoleon: he rides on a tiger labelled 'Liberté', led by the devil and a clown, and followed by Death, who promises to follow him to Waterloo."

Artist unknown "The wicked statesman, or the traitor to his country, at the hour of death" 1772

Print made by Isaac Cruikshank "The income tax, or the insatiable English dragon" (hand colored etching) 1804

Print made by James Gillray "Going down in a Diving Machine." (hand colored etching) 1801

Artist unknown "Un grand nombre de Pretres refractaires s'étaient embarqués sur le Rhin ..." (hand colored etching) 1790
"Satire on the emigration; a winged monster flies above the Rhine, reaching out its arms towards five swimming priests; on each side of the river the banks are visible."

Monsieur sneaking gallantly into Brest's sculking-hole after receiving a preliminary salutation of British Jack Tar the 27 of July 1778 (etching) Published by William Richardson.

"An English sailor wielding a cat-o'-nine-tails chases a French sailor into the wide jaws of a dragon or sea-monster; they symbolize the British and French fleets. The French sailor, whose jacket is decorated with fleur-de-lys, carries a man-of-war on his head; he shrieks in alarm, his hands outstretched. His trousers are undone and he puffs a blast at his pursuer resembling the smoke which comes from the ships' guns. Both men are running on the surface of the sea; within the jaws of the monster is a fleet; guns are firing towards a single British ship on the left which returns the fire. The jaws of the monster are inscribed "Grand Monarque"."

"The champions of reform destroying the monster of corruption" Published by George Humphrey, 1831

"The Vision or M-n-st-l Monster address'd to the Friends of Old England' by Sybilla Prophecy" (etching/engraving) Description to follow. (etching and engraving)Published by Henry Howard, 1762

Artist unknown "Les deux ne font qu'un" (hand colored etching) 1791
"Satire on Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette as a double-ended beast."


Anonymous said...

Thanks Aeron, more fantastic and strange stuff that I have not seen before.... the "Rara Avis", and the "M-n-st-l Monster".... so weird!
And that winged monster over the Rhine....
I hope that you have lots more,
Paul Rumsey


Awesome finds. I love these.