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Pro Bono Publico: James Gillray and the Art of Satire

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The Apotheosis of Hoche

1798
18th century
50.5 cm x 38.6 cm (19 7/8 in. x 15 3/16 in.)

James Gillray (London, 1757 - 1815, London) Primary

Object Type: print
Artist Nationality: Europe, English
Medium and Support: Etching with hand-coloring
Credit Line: Blanton Museum Purchase, 2003
            
               Accession Number:                2003.24             
            
Object Description: This elaborate print depicts Louis Lazare Hoche, French general of the Revolutionary Army, ascending into a Jacobin heaven while plucking his guillotine-lyre. Jacobin is a general term used to address those who publically declare revolutionary opinions. Below lies France, blood-soaked and scorched, a result of campaigns headed by Hoche during the French Revolution. Hoche is greeted by droves of headless figures, monsters, and grotesque cherubs, all wearing Phrygian caps, a motif associated with the Revolution; to the left are martyrs of the revolution paying their respects. Suspended in the heavens is the Jacobin Decalogue, the antithesis of the Ten Commandments.

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