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Gallic Declaration of War, or, Bumbardment of all Europe

Image of British cartoon editorializing on the French Revolution


This scatological English cartoon mocks France’s claim that it was going to war for "liberty," suggesting instead that France’s body politic is ill and that England needs to fight back to defend itself from such sickness. The figures in this drawing represent all the major leaders of Europe, including Louis XVI, Catherine of Russia, William Pitt, King George III of Britain, and the Pope, while symbols represent the Prussian and Habsburg monarchies.

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"Gallic Declaration of War, or, Bumbardment of all Europe," in World History Commons, [accessed March 31, 2023]