Very rare aquatint. 359 x 269mm. 14¼ x 10½". Trimmed and laid on sheet.
"The English born free". A French mockery of that British state of affairs. The centre figure is that of an English man unable to move, speak or relax; suggesting a lack of freedom. He stands on "Written Policies in Favour of the People" and "Lois English"; as if to trample of the freedom of speech and free-thought favouring the masses. Other such unimportant documents include: "State of Taxes in England"; "Assassinats de Manchester impunu" - possibly referring to the Peterloo Massacre of 1819. The Prison in the background for the sons of politicians. During the period 1812-22, it could be said that England suffered more, economically, socially and politically, than during the French Wars. Consequently there were a number of manifestations of discontent and distress, in the shape of riots and disaffection, which epitomised the 'Condition of England Question'. A series of demonstrations in favour of reform culminated in the deaths of eleven people in Manchester in August 1819 - the "Peterloo Massacre".
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