Petit Souper a la Parisienne  

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Petit Souper a la Parisienne; -or- A Family of Sans-Culottes refreshing, after the fatigues of the day[1] (1792) by British caricaturist James Gillray is a satirical print of the French Revolution, a "translation" of reports of the September Massacres.

"On the horrible massacres perpetrated by the Parisian mob in the September of 1792. It is one of the first of the series of prints by which the Caricaturist contributed so much towards the hatred with which the English people were beginning to look upon the French Revolutionists." --Historical and Descriptive Account of the Caricatures of James Gillray[2]

"Like many of his contemporaries Gillray hailed the outbreak of the Revolution in France with sympathy and expectation. But by the time of this print his images of the Revolution had become increasingly depraved. As events were nearing their bloody apogee - the Revolution was at its ugliest from 2 to 6 September - reports from Paris containing (often inflated) accounts of the massacres were translated by Gillray into prints such as this. Shocking in their savagery and populated by demonic sans-culottes, their teeth filed to sharp points and engaged in a bloody, bestial frenzy, Gillray's prints of the French Revolution descended into the realms of garish nightmare."--National Portrait Gallery

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