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A Democrat, or Reason and Philosophy

Cartoon of British caricature


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."]


George, 8310. - Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British museum..., Political and personal satires / par Mary-Dorothy George. - London : British museum, 1873-1952, 8310.

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