L'Ecrevisse. [The Crayfish.]
[Paris: d'Aubert, August 1830.]
Hand-coloured lithograph, sheet 315 x 270mm. 12˝ x 10˝". Tatty extremities; some staining.
A wonderful image of a crayfish with the head of Charles X, King of France (1757 - 1836); with royal fur cloak, the crown having fallen to the ground behind. Charles contemplates with satisfaction the text of his 'Ordonnance' (to right). On 25 July 1830 the king issued four ordinances, known as Ordonnances de Saint-Cloud, which censored the press, dissolved the newly elected chamber, altered the electoral system and called for elections in September. Louis Philippe ignored the document and on 9 August had himself proclaimed King of the French by the members of the Chamber. Under Charles X's regime until the Revolution of 1830 the political caricature was prohibited by censorship, and here finally the caricaturist can release the full force of his invective.
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