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Dr Richard Price kneeling on a large crown (with a demon on his back) to look through a peep-hole at a group of ruffians ransacking Marie Antoinette's bedroom; representing a speech by Price which allegedly advocated the French Revolution. Coloured etching by I. Cruikshank, 1790 (?).

  • Cruikshank, Isaac, 1756?-1811?
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12 December [1790?]
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12178i
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Price is quoting: "Lord now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace for mine eyes have seen", the demon says: "Oh! quel Beau Jour". Marie Antoinette is observed through an open door escaping downstairs in her night-gown, on her bed is an inscription: "Alons le Duc nous payerons Noblement pour ceci". One of the ruffians who is about to stab a pillow shouts "Here she is"

Publication/Creation

[Lo]ndon (3 Piccadilly where may be seen the compleatest collection of caricatures in the kingdom admitance 1 shilling) : S.W. Fores, 12 December [1790?]

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1 print : etching, with watercolour ; platemark 27 x 37.5 cm

Lettering

The doctor indulged with his favorite scene. ...

References note

British Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires, vol. VI, London 1938, no. 7690

Lettering note

Lettering continues: "Is this a triumph to be consecrated at altars? to be commemorated with grateful thanksgiving! to be offered to the divine humanity with fervent prayer & enthussiastick ejaculation? - These Theban & Thracian orgies, acted in France, and appauded only in the Old Jewry. Vide Reflections on the revolution page 107."

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Wellcome Library no. 12178i

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