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The "Pégase romantique" caricature by Jean-Gabriel Scheffer  Left to right: Petrus Borel, Victor Hugo, and Alexandre Dumas  Its motto reads "Only the ugly is beautiful, only the ugly is likeable."
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The "Pégase romantique" caricature by Jean-Gabriel Scheffer
Left to right: Petrus Borel, Victor Hugo, and Alexandre Dumas
Its motto reads "Only the ugly is beautiful, only the ugly is likeable."

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"Pégase romantique" is the title for a caricature attributed to Jean-Gabriel Scheffer.

Its motto reads 'Rien n'est beau que le laid, le laid seul est aimable,' which translates as "Only the ugly is beautiful, only the ugly is likeable" and which is a satirical take on Boileau's "rien n'est beau que le vrai; le vrai seul est aimable".

The illustration by J. G. Scheffer depicts the Romantic pantheon of the early 1830s. The seated figures, facing forward, are, from left to right, Petrus Borel, Victor Hugo, and Alexandre Dumas. (Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Estampes et Gravures, Tf 40 Fol. 'Caricatures intellectuelles (litterature, theatre)').[1]

The print is mentioned in Les Mœurs et la caricature en France by John Grand-Carteret:

... visant le romantisme dans ses ridicules, représentait le Pégase romantique à cheval sur une écrevisse et lui donnait comme devise : Rien n'est beau que le laid, le laid seul est aimable.

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