May 222012
 

It has to be said: the French cartoonists gave as good as they got from the likes of Richardson and Gillray.

I like this etching, dated 1816, showing two English soldiers walking in an effeminate manner, arm in arm. One is a corpulent John Bullish figure, his belly hanging out, and the other dragging his sword along the ground, wears an ill-fitting jacket. This etching, and the following ones, are shown courtesy of the Fitzwilliam Museum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This print, dated two years earlier, reflects the French perception of the English as being more fond of their horses than their wives: there has been an accident and both horse and female rider are injured. The English husband rushes to attend …. the horse.And just to show that the French thought English dining manners a trifle strange (especially by sending the ladies from the room after the food has been consumed, so that they could drink to excess) here is a splendid print. So there we have it: the English were renowned drunken p*ss artists. A Frenchman would, of course, have preferred to have spent time with the ladies than in the company of other men! The English males love each other, then their horses, and then their women, in that order!

 

  One Response to “How the French (cartoonists) viewed the English.”

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    Actually fascinating to have a picture of the utensils and the cabinet in which they lived. It’s fun to see ourselves as others see us, and a great deal of truth to be found in humour.

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