This cartoon equates the taking of the Bastille with the rise of the Third Estate against the clergy and nobility. A commoner in a black hat plays the bagpipe triumphantly over the fallen lion of the absolutist monarchy. To the side, a revolutionary soldier raises his sword to threaten a priest.

This cartoon equates the taking of the Bastille with the rise of the Third Estate against the clergy and nobility. A commoner in a black hat plays the bagpipe triumphantly over the fallen lion of the absolutist monarchy. To the side, a revolutionary soldier raises his sword to threaten a priest.

Cette fois ci la justice est du côté du plus fort - This time justice is on the side of the stronger.

Cette fois ci la justice est du côté du plus fort - This time justice is on the side of the stronger.

Exit libertè a la Francois!—or—Buonaparte closing the farce of Egalitè, at St. Cloud near Paris Nov. 10th. 1799, by James Gillray, published by H. Humphrey, Nov. 21, 1799

Exit libertè a la Francois!—or—Buonaparte closing the farce of Egalitè, at St. Cloud near Paris Nov. 10th. 1799, by James Gillray, published by H. Humphrey, Nov. 21, 1799

Patience Monsignor Your Turn Will Come  Cartoons attacked the refractory clergy. Here, fat, overfed, and underworked clergy are squeezed down to an appropriate size. As elsewhere, visual images mocked the clergy by depicting them as subject to the threats and physical attacks of others.  Source: mfr 89.186

Patience Monsignor Your Turn Will Come Cartoons attacked the refractory clergy. Here, fat, overfed, and underworked clergy are squeezed down to an appropriate size. As elsewhere, visual images mocked the clergy by depicting them as subject to the threats and physical attacks of others. Source: mfr 89.186

French Revolution playing card issued 1793, Jack of Diamonds becomes "Equality of Races" with the motto "Courage"

French Revolution playing card issued 1793, Jack of Diamonds becomes "Equality of Races" with the motto "Courage"

A Democrat, or Reason and Philosophy   This cartoon by the popular British caricaturist James Gillray depicts the British politician Charles James Fox as a sans–culotte. Wearing a cockade in his wig and a bandage on his forehead, the unshaven Fox raises his bloody left hand as he lifts his left leg to break wind. Notice his torn shirt, the bloody dagger in his belt, and the fact that he wears no pants. He sings the popular revolutionary song, "Ça ira!" ["It’ll be okay."]  Source: mfr 85.574

A Democrat, or Reason and Philosophy This cartoon by the popular British caricaturist James Gillray depicts the British politician Charles James Fox as a sans–culotte. Wearing a cockade in his wig and a bandage on his forehead, the unshaven Fox raises his bloody left hand as he lifts his left leg to break wind. Notice his torn shirt, the bloody dagger in his belt, and the fact that he wears no pants. He sings the popular revolutionary song, "Ça ira!" ["It’ll be okay."] Source: mfr 85.574

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