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Auction 182, Lot 62

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"[Lot of 3 - Anti-Jacobin Prints] An Irish Howl [and] The Night Mare [and] A Peep Into the Retreat at Tinnehinch",

Subject: Cartographic Miscellany, Satire

Period: 1799 (dated)

Publication: The Anti-Jacobin Review and Magazine...

Color: Black & White

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These three engravings were published in the May 1799 issue of The Anti-Jacobin Review and Magazine, or, Monthly Political and Literary Censor. The magazine was founded to support the British backlash against the principles of the French Revolution and included essays, reviews, and satirical illustrations.

A. An Irish Howl (11.8 x 9.0"). This vivid illustration depicts a group of unsettled "United Irishmen" reacting to a picture of a Revolutionary Pot held up by Satan. The pot is filled with Irish Stew and is noted as a "Favorite Dish for French Palates." Includes a map of Ireland at top surrounded by gargoyles.

B. The Night Mare (10.0 x 7.9"). This scene shows Charles James Fox, a prominent British Whig politician and supporter of the French Revolution, asleep on a broken, undersized bed. A fiery horse kicks him in the mouth while its rider plants a flag inscribed "Vive La Liberte" on his chest. Meanwhile, a bizarre looking creature with hat, boots and sword (representing Bonaparte) tugs at Fox's fingers.

C. A Peep Into the Retreat at Tinnehinch (10.1 x 7.4"). This scene shows the study of Henry Grattan, an Irish politician who advocated for independence from Britain. Grattan stands to greet two young men who indicate they are United Irishmen. The room is filled with papers, books, and portraits related to the French Revolution, including the "Art of Assassination" and "Rise and Progress of Jacobinism" on the floor.

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Condition: B+

Issued folding on mostly clean sheets with short binding tears at right.

Estimate: $100 - $130

Sold for: $60

Closed on 4/28/2021

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