Título: Il voudrant abbattre ce qui les soutient.
Editorial: A Valencienne at a Bruxelle Chez J.Bte Terry et Frere Md. d'Estampes
Año de publicación: 1789
Broadside, large oblong folio, overall 17" x 12 1/2", sepia Aquatint, very good copy printed one side on good quality paper. A Satire against Louis XVI leading up to the French Revolution. The illustration shows at the left the King (Louis XVI) sitting on his throne whilst facing him holding a set of scales is Necker who is appealing for Justice. In the centre are members of the Parliament, Clergy and Nobility who are trying to pull down a tree in which are members of the Third Estate. At the foot of the tree is another image of Necker who is trying to support the tree. Finally in the bottom right hand corner is an image of France as a fallen lady whom the King is attempting to strike whilst Necker tries to help her back on to her feet. Jacques Necker (1732-1804) was Finance Minister under Louis XVI . France was brought to the brink of financial ruin by debts accrued by its involvement in the American War of Independence, and Necker was thought of as its saviour but his actions could not stop the French Revolution. His advocacy of Third Estate representation to satisfy the people made him popular with the people but not with the French Establishment, who are shown in this print attempting to pull the tree cultivated by Necker down. The captions at the bottom translate as "If you are afraid of leaves do not attack the Corp Tree. The foot is good but the Cime is not the same. The Multitude of Branches derange their ambition." Exceedingly rare. Not in B.M. Vinck. No. 1381. N° de ref. de la librería 16287
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