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A mulatto Caribbean woman wearing elaborate clothes and jewellry. Etching by J. Gillray after himself, 1796.

Gillray, James
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25 February 1796

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The subject of the print is not clear. Gillray had issued an earlier print of "Doublures", portraits of named persons with a second portrait indicating that person's secret character. The present mulatto woman, elaborately coiffed and bejewelled, presumably indicates the secret character of Madame Tallien, i.e. Thérésa Cabarrus, Madame Tallien (1773-1835), a wealthy Spanish woman who had married the French revolutionary Jean Lambert Tallien, and was subsequently Princesse de Chimay. "The negroid suggestion derives from the hair of the original, which is arranged in a mop of ringlets." (British Museum catalogue, loc. cit.) Mme Taillien wore her hair in that style. In the background hangs a painting entitled: "Havanna", presumably indicating the woman's origin in Cuba or the Caribbean. There may be a comparison between the French revolutionaries and the proponents of the Haitian revolution (1791-1803)

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[London] (New Bond Street) : H. Humphrey, 25 February 1796.

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1 print : etching

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La belle Espagnole, - ou - la doublure de Madame Tallien. Js. Gy. d: et ft.

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A mulatto Caribbean woman wearing elaborate clothes and jewellry. Etching by J. Gillray after himself, 1796. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY


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