[Richard Brinsley Sheridan] Barrere.
Publd 12th May 1794 by H.Humphrey.
Scarce satirical etching, 215 x 175mm. 8½ x 7".
Whig politician and dramatist Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751 - 1816), his brow scowling and furrowed, is compared with the shifty, self-seeking Bertrand Barère de Vieuzac (1755 – 1841), one of the most notorious members of the National Convention during the French Revolution. Barere voted for the execution of the King (1793), sided with the Girondin faction, then with Robespierre, and voted for the death of the Girondins - only to switch sides again and draw up the report outlawing Robespierre. Numbered '2' upper right. Print made by James Sayers (1748 - 1823), from his series 'Illustrious Heads designed for a new History of Republicanism in French and English dedicated to the Opposition'. Sayers's caricatures were so powerful and direct in their purpose that Fox is said to have declared that they did him more harm than all the attacks made on him in parliament or the press.
BM Satires: 8451. For a similar portrait of Fox see item 17994.
[Ref: 17993] £190.00