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Army of Jugs

  • Army of Jugs


This color drawing, produced in 1793 at the request of the Committee of Public Safety and then published as an engraving, caricatures the British army and its king, George III, as incompetent, who, despite fine uniforms, cannot defeat shoddily clad, yet energetic sans–culottes (on the left), who humiliate the British by defecating on the advancing troops. The British vainly try to respond with cannons in the shape of clysters, medical devices used to administer enemas. The key below indicates the particular British figures, notably Charles James Fox and George III, being satirized.

Jacques Louis David, Army of Jugs, 1794, Bibliothèque Nationale de France.


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Bibliothèque nationale de France, département Estampes et photographie, RESERVE QB-370 (26)-FT 4

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