[Charles James Fox] Robespierre.
Pubd 12th May 1794 by H.Humphrey.
Scarce satirical etching, 210 x 175mm. 8¼ x 7".
Caricature portrait of Charles James Fox (1749-1806), Whig statesman and opponent of Pitt the younger. Fox, often traduced as a would-be dictator, is compared with Maximilien de Robespierre (1758 - 1794), French revolutionary leader who oversaw the ‘Terror’. Reckless in politics as at the gaming tables, Fox held office briefly as a Tory under Lord North then led the opposition through a long political life. He championed America, Ireland, India, the Prince of Wales and reform. A supporter of the revolutionary cause in France, his credibility was diminished from 1792 by the excesses of the French revolutionaries. Numbered '1' 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 8450. For a similar portrait of Sheridan see item 17993.
[Ref: 17994] £190.00