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  • The iniquities and excess of the ancient régime France were a popular target for British satirical art (see cats. 83-4). Thomas Rowlandson's watercolor draws on a number of stereotypes commonly associated with the French at this period - the suppositious adherence to the Catholic faith, indicated by the procession of monks and the looming presence of Notre-Dame (flaunting topographical accuracy, Rowlandson has placed the cathedral immediately behind Place de Victoires); an unquestioning devotion to the monarchy, signaled by the man in the sedan chair gazing raptly at the monument erected to Louis XIV in 1686; and a frivolous attachment to sartorial sonsiderations, represented by the fashionably dressed figures and the poodle dog wearing a wig. Two other versions of the composition are known, but it is likely that cat. 86 was the original watercolor exhibited by Rowlandson at the Society of Artists in 1783. The image was engraved and published in Britain shortly after the outbreak of the French Revolution in 1789, presumably in response to the considerable public interest generated by the tumultuous events in France. Rowlandson clearly derived pleasure from ridiculing the French and produced many watercolors on this theme, but his relationship with France seems to have been more complex than his John Bullish stance might suggest. Raised by his French-speaking aunt Jane (née Chevalier), Rowlandson visited the country on a number of occasions, and his sophisticated and refined drawing style, which often seems at odds with his robust subject matter, owes much to French rococo art.
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  • Alternate title :: La Place Des Victoires
  • Alternate title :: La Place des Victoires [Paris]
  • Bibliograpic reference ::
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Acquisitions : The First Decade 1977-1986, Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1986, pp. 5, 29, no. 118, color plate 6, N590.2 A7 OVERSIZE (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Duncan Robinson, Acquisitions : The First Decade 1977 - 1986, , Burlington Magazine, vol. 128, October 1986, pp. 5, 29, no. 118, col. pl. 6, N1 B87 128:3 OVERSIZE (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Malcolm Baker, The marble index : Roubiliac and sculptural portraiture in eighteenth-century Britain, The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, New Haven, 2014, pp. 28, 30, 35, fig. 31, NB466 .B355 2014 OVERSIZE (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Mathew Thomas Payne, Regarding Thomas Rowlandson, 1757-1827, his life, art & acquaintance, Hogarth Arts, London, 2010, pp.65,132,140..., Pl. III, NJ18 R79 P39 2010 (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Patrick Noon, A Princely Amateur, Paul Mellon and his Collection of British Drawings, Master Drawings, vol. 38, no. 3, Master Drawings Association, Inc., Fall, 2000, p. 342, fig. 4, NC1 M37 (YCBA) , Another copy available as item VF 2329
  • Dimension height :: 34.9cm
  • Dimension width :: 53.4cm
  • Exhibition :: English Caricature - 1620 to the Present
  • Exhibition :: The English Prize - The Capture of the Westmorland - An Episode of the Grand Tour
  • Exhibition :: The Line of Beauty : British Drawings and Watercolors of the Eighteenth Century
  • Exhibition :: Thomas Rowlandson from the Paul Mellon Collection
  • Located in :: New Haven
  • Located in :: Not on view
  • Located in :: YCBA, 222, C 3, R- 7
  • Located in :: Yale Center for British Art
  • Object type :: drawing
  • Object type :: watercolor
  • Subject Concept :: French
  • Subject Concept :: architectural subject
  • Subject Concept :: building
  • Subject Concept :: carriages
  • Subject Concept :: carts
  • Subject Concept :: cathedral
  • Subject Concept :: chaos
  • Subject Concept :: cityscape
  • Subject Concept :: costume
  • Subject Concept :: dogs (animals)
  • Subject Concept :: figures
  • Subject Concept :: genre subject
  • Subject Concept :: humor
  • Subject Concept :: monk
  • Subject Concept :: music
  • Subject Concept :: musician
  • Subject Concept :: plaza
  • Subject Concept :: satire
  • Subject Concept :: satirical
  • Subject Concept :: sculpture
  • Subject Concept :: snakes
  • Subject Concept :: statue
  • Subject Concept :: street
  • Subject Concept :: violin
  • Subject Concept :: violinist
  • Subject Concept :: walking
  • Subject Event :: Grand Tour
  • Subject Event :: celebration
  • Subject Event :: victory
  • Subject Place :: Europe
  • Subject Place :: France
  • Subject Place :: Notre-Dame
  • Subject Place :: Paris
  • Subject Place :: Place des Victoires
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  • Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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  • Place des Victoires, Paris
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