Published by Thos Mc Lean 26 Haymarket Aug 6 1830.
Hand-coloured lithograph. 280 x 419mm (11 x 16½").
Charles X (1757-1836), king of France, attempts to blindfold the lion of public opinion with a mask reading 'Ordinance for abolishing the free press', while his prime minister, Jules de Polignac (1780-1847), hammers in staples to attach the lion's tail to the ground. Charles and Polignac had just signed the July Ordinances (also known as the Four Ordinances of Saint-Cloud), suspending the liberty of the press and dissolving the newly-elected Chamber of Deputies of France. They were intending to quell the citizens, but instead inflamed them. The Ordinances were published in the Parisian newspaper 'Moniteur' on the 26th July; journalists gathered to protest and were soon joined by the general public. The 'July Revolution' spread so quickly that Charles X had abdicated before McLean had managed to satirise his stupidity.
BM Satires: 16214.
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