Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London)
May 1, 1788
Sheet: 9 1/8 x 24 1/8 in. (23.2 x 61.2 cm)
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1959
Not on view
Seven volatile Frenchmen are unaffected by the gloom of the season. A fat monk sits in an armchair eating and drinking, an abbé sits and plays the fiddle and beats time with his foot, a foppish military officer takes snuff and looks at himself in a mirror, on the left a fashionably dressed man gesticulates cheerfully and personifies "The statesman in a deep philosophic trance." On the right of the monk a man caresses a dog, next to him a huntsman wears jack boots and blows a horn, on the extreme right a man dances a pas seul and raises his hat. All are characters in the ancien regime.
Inscription: Inscribed in plate: "Publishd May 1. 1788 by T. Rowlandson No. 50 Poland Street"
Francis Harvey (British, active by 1859–died 1899); C. W. Dyson Perrins(sale, Sotheby's London, Jan. 12, 1959); Vendor: Sotheby's, London, Jan. 12, 1959
Grego II.392 British Museum Satires 7764 (1790)
Frederic George Stephens, M. Dorothy George Catalogue of political and personal satires preserved in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum. 11 vols., London, 1870-, cat. no. 7764 (1790).
Joseph Grego Rowlandson the Caricaturist: A selection from his works, with anecdotal desciptions.... 2 vols., London, 1880, vol. II, p. 392.