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The gods take a birdseye view of Great Britain
The gods take a birdseye view of Great Britain
Date:
1820
Location:
Not on display
Century:
Media:
Ink And Watercolor On Paper
Dimensions:
Image: 202 x 305 mm (7 15/16 x 12 in.)
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Object Type:
Country:
Continent:
Europe
Accession Number:
1987.2.47
Acquisition Date:
1987-01-01
Credit Line:

Museum purchase, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts Endowment Fund

Exhibition History:

CPLH, Tradition and Innovation, 1500 - 1989, 10 Sept - 31 Decx 1989.

Scathing cartoon of "gods" taking a bird's-eye view of Great Britain: they see two enormously ugly figures squatting in the center, holding banners that read "Folly, Wealth, Pretention, Selfishness." Circles near them contain persons trying to enter the inner circle by answering two questions: "What breed? What money?" All around the edge of the circular island people are packed tightly, making the "Great circle of everybody," ringed by "impervious mists." At the very edge one reads benefits of a good society, benefits that have been made unavailable to the people: Benevolence, fields of happiness, frugality, virtue, music, history, philosophy, charity, chemistry, nature, goodness, philanthropy. (Virginia Anderson 05/10/94)

Contemporaneous Works “Art from the same century and country”