These two satire prints show the role of the nobles and the clergy in the French Revolution. The 2 prints tell one story. Print 1 shows a procession of clergyman reaching a procession of nobleman. The nobleman in front on horseback wears a tiara like the pope. A man walking beside him carries an open treasury with coins. A fat woman on horseback, holding a letter in her hand, is approaching him. In the clergy procession a halfnaked woman on donkeyback looks agitated while the bisshop on horseback drives his horse having intercourse with the donkey. Print 2 shows the two processions fighting each other. The nobleman grasping his coins from the river Rhine, while others are drowning. The halfnaked woman falls off the donkey and is being grasped on her arm by the bisshop on horseback while a standing cardinal reaches his head towards the lady. Perhaps trying to cover up the scene. A soldier carrying a banner is grasped on his big nose by a soldier behing him. A man in black carries a mask with a big nose with a text in French. All figures are numbered, but the text below the print is missing.
Made by an anonymous engraver/artist.
Medium: Etching / Engraving / Hand coloured on handlaid (verge) paper.
Sheet size: 51 x 30.5 cm (20.08 x 12.01 inch). Image size: 50 x 29.5 cm. (19.69 x 11.61 inch).
Condition: fair, given age. Fold as published. Folds and creases. Tears and paperloss in margin have been restored. Smudges. Stains. Thin paper on some spots. Wormholes. Sold as is / waf. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
FRENCH REVOLUTION-CARTOON-PARODY-NOBLEMAN-CLERGYMAN-FIGHT-DROWNING-NUDE | RB-T25-LARGE
These rare attractive prints were published between 1789-1799.