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Member of the riding house at Paris, delivering an harangue from the shoulders of a French citizen, British Cartoon Print

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Member of the riding house at Paris, delivering an harangue from the shoulders of a French citizen, British Cartoon Print

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Print shows a member of the new French aristocracy wearing a Phrygian or Liberty cap with circular emblem (Liberté - Egalité - Fraternité) riding on the back of a French citizen; he implores, "Messrs. of the menage - I again ascend the Tribune to endeavour to spur you on to action! The enemy has the whip hand of us, and unless we keep a tight rein those cunning jockies Suwarrow and the Arch Duke will throw us from our saddles!...." In 1799, Russian forces under Field Marshal Aleksandr Vasilʹevich Suvorov defeated the French in Italy.
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Forms part of: British Cartoon Prints Collection (Library of Congress).

It wasn't really until the 1700s that caricature truly blossomed as a form of political criticism. In the late 1750s, a man named Thomas Townshend began using the techniques employed by earlier engravers and applying them towards a political model. This gave Thompson's cartoons a much greater feeling of propaganda than previous artistic critiques of the time. The intense political climate of the period, and often accusatory nature of most political cartoons forced many artists to use pseudonyms in order to avoid accusations of libel. Other artists took it a step farther, and left their cartoons completely unsigned, foregoing any credit they may have received. Political higher-ups were notoriously touchy about their reputations and were not afraid to make examples of offenders. Puck was the first successful humor magazine in the United States of colorful cartoons, caricatures and political satire of the issues of the day. It was published from 1871 until 1918.

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01/01/1799
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Holland, William, active 1782-1817, publisher
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