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Creator:
James Gillray, 1757–1815, British
Published by Hannah Humphrey, ca. 1745–1818, British
Title:

Citizens Visiting the Bastille, - Vide. Democratic Charities. -

Date:
1799
Medium:
Etching with hand coloring in watercolor on medium, slightly textured, cream wove paper
Dimensions:
13 7/8 × 10 1/4 inches (35.2 × 26 cm) and 13 1/8 × 10 1/8 inches (33.3 × 25.7 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Lettered inside image: "The HOUSE of | CORRECTION, for the | COUNTY of MIDDLESEX. | 1794 | Hush! Harkee! open the door! I want only | to see if my Brother Citizens have Candles | & Fires, & good Beds, & clean Girls, for | their accommodation, -that all!!! | Hush! open the Door quick!! | Hay? what? let You in, hay? no, no | we're bad enough here already! let you in! | no, no, that would be too bad; You're | enough to corrupt the whole College. | Drive me to the Bastille you dog! | To Cold Bath College, you mean | I suppose? to take up your Degrees Master | Secret | Corres- | pondence | with | O'Connor | Evans | O'Coigley | J's G'y inv't & fec't"; lettered below image: "Pub'd Jan'y 16th, 1799 by H. Humphrey 27 St. James's Street | CITIZENS Visiting the BASTILLE. -Vide. Democratic Charities-"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1981.25.799
Classification:
Prints
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Associated People:
Courtenay, John (1738–1816), British politician
O'Connor [formerly Conner; afterwards Condorcet-O'Connor], Arthur (1763–1852), Irish nationalist and political theorist
Despard, Col Edward Marcus (1751–1803), Irish army officer and revolutionary
Evans, Thomas (1763–ca. 1831), British insurrectionist
O'Coigly [O'Coigley], James (1761–1798), Irish nationalist and Roman Catholic priest
Burdett, Sir Francis, fifth baronet (1770–1844), politician
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Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:43390
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British Museum, Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum, 11 volumes in 12, British Museum Publications, London, no. 9341, NE55 G7 L63 A52 1978 (YCBA) [YCBA]


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