Do You See What I See?

I am currently writing an essay on James Gillray and it got me thinking about interpretation.

So, without looking at Google or researching the following – tell me what you see when you look at this caricature.  Spend some time looking at the print – the more you look, the more you will see.



5 responses to “Do You See What I See?

  1. My first thought was Brittania (due to the shield) being influenced by some person or country. Noticed the Thomas Pain (deliberate mis-spelling I think?) board. Is it a literal (probably not) frowning upon a liking for french costume? I imagine it is probably more likely to be that someone else (with scissors?) is pulling the strings politically? Not knowing much about the politics of the period or indeed satirical cartooning, it is all guesses. Is there a particular reason her foot is pointing towards the spear under a fallen branch?

  2. Perhaps the date is significant – 1793, height of the French Revolution. Brittania being coerced by purported French culture, indicating fears of such sedition finding ground over here. Also have a feeling that the branch is significant, but whether this goes beyond covering the spear I don’t know.

  3. Also, the actual silhouette of the woman is basically British Isles shaped. Cornwall as the pointing toe and Scotland as the lavish hat. Wales seems to be missing though. Britain being literally squeezed by France?

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