The National Convention Bothered;or General Dumoirier arresting the French Commissioners who were sent to take Him in to Custody.
Pub.d by C. Johnson Saturday April 27, 1793
Engraving with letterpress sheet, sheets 210 x 130mm (8¼ x 5"). Paper tone.
Satire on Charles François Dumouriez (1739-1823), a former French general who since the outbreak of the French Revolution in 1789 had joined the Jacobin Club and subsequently the Girondist party. Made commander of the "army of the centre" in 1792, Dumouriez planned to invade Belgium, although the decision was not popular and Dumouriez's position became more precarious after a major defeat in the Battle of Neerwinden in March 1793. This led to the event lampooned here, in which Dumouriez arrested the four deputy-commissioners of the National Convention who had been sent to inquire into his conduct, handed them over to the enemy, and attempted to persuade his troops to march on Paris and overthrow the revolutionary government. The attempt failed, Dumouriez fled to the Austrian camp, and spent his later life travelling from country to country, involved in various intrigues. He settled in England after the government granted him a pension in 1804. From the 'Wonderful Magazine', an entertaining but short-lived periodical founded in 1793 by the hack writer and bookseller Henry Lemoine (1756-1812). Offered with accompanying satirical poem on Dumouriez by Thomas Bellamy
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