C1818

Le Palais Royal de Paris, A Peep at the French Monstrosities.

Rare satirical print copied by William McCleary, Dublin, from the original by George Cruikshank published Septr. 18th. 1818, by G. Humphrey, London. The image is in reverse and lacking the top caption;  ‘A Peep at the French Monstrosities’. Two English … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Le Palais Royal de Paris, A Peep at the French Monstrosities.

Date:

C1818

Condition:

Two repaired tears and small stain at top, otherwise in good condition. Laid onto blue backing paper.

Technique:

Etching with original hand colouring.

Image Size: 

365mm 
x 245mm

Paper Size: 

428mm 
x 251mm
AUTHENTICITY
Le Palais Royal de Paris, A Peep at the French Monstrosities. - Antique Print from 1818

Genuine antique
dated:

1818

Description:

Rare satirical print copied by William McCleary, Dublin, from the original by George Cruikshank published Septr. 18th. 1818, by G. Humphrey, London.

The image is in reverse and lacking the top caption;  ‘A Peep at the French Monstrosities’.

Two English dandies visiting Paris tourists, both dressed as dandies walk arm-in-arm under the arcade of the Palais Royal, looking in amazement at the promenading courtesans. Two Frenchmen make more direct overtures to two women. Their dress is rather similar to that of the Englishmen, but the latter wear bell-shaped top-hats, while the Frenchmen have flower-pot shaped hats. An officer wearing a large cocked hat addresses a girl, and a man, said by Reid Reid (No. 778) to be Irish, jovially accosts another. Some of the women are in evening-dress, others in street-costume. Behind are iron railings between the supports of the roof; on one of these is the inscription ‘Caveau des Sauvages’. 

Another Dublin issued copy of this same etching was also published by Dublin J. Le Petit, 1818 20 Capel St, Dublin on 3rd October 1818.

Collections:
British Library London: Registration number 1859,0316.136 (Cruickshank edition)
Library Trinity College Dublin: Accessioned 2007-06-29T12:46:31Z (Petite issue 3rd. October, 1818)

William McCleary (1799 - 1820)

McCleary was one of the major Irish publishers of mainly pirated copies of London satirical prints. He began trading from premises located at 31 Lower Ormond Quay in 1791 and by 1798 his business had become sufficiently successful to allow him to move to a larger shop located on Nassau Street. McCleary’s decision in copying the caricatures of his rival and fellow Dubliner J. Sidebotham and undercutting the prices of the pirated versions of Sidebotham's caricatures. resulted into a long lasting feud between the two publishers. His trading addresses: 31 & later 18 Lower Ormond Quay (1791-1798) 21 Nassau Street, Dublin (1799, 1820) 32 Nassau Street, Dublin (1808) 39 Nassau Street, Dublin (1820)

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