Le triomphe de la Liberte en l'elargissement de la Bastille, dedie la Nation Fracoise, par leurs respectueux admirateurs, James Gillray & Robert Wilkinson.
London, Published July 12th 1790, by R. Wilkinson, No.58, Cornhill.
Stipple engraving. Sheet 530 x 635mm. Trimmed to plate. A few tears in paper edge, 2 (repaired) into title.
This image represents the high point of pro-revolutionary feeling in Britain towards France, after the storming of the Bastille in 1789 and before 'The Terror' and repressions of the 1790s. Cells and cages are broken open and emaciated prisoners freed by soldiers. Skeletons, fetters, racks and other instruments of torture represent the horrors of the institution that is being overthrown. A good impression of this print engraved by James Gillray, one of his infrequent departures from caricature, in a bold and striking manner. 'History, No.3.' inscribed top left.
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