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Actualites: La Censure Reprenant son Ancienne Besogne.
Actualites: La Censure Reprenant son Ancienne Besogne.
Date:
19th century
Location:
Not on display
Century:
Media:
Lithograph
Dimensions:
30 x 21.3 cm (image); 35.8 x 27.4 cm (sheet)
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Object Type:
Country:
Continent:
Europe
Acquisition Date:
1938-09-21

Repugnant figure of an old woman with glasses perched on her nose: she sits with an enormous pair of shears at her side as well as a huge wooden bucket which seems to be leaking a dark matter. In her left hand she holds up the small figure of a man. On the floor are two other small male figures, one apparently unconscious and the other kneeling in prayer. Under them are large sheets of paper with "Racine" at one end and "Moliere" at the other. Behind them stands a pole with several perches; on the top one is an owl with staring eyes. A sign on the wall reads "Office ot the Censor," the title under the cartoon reads "The Censor takes up her old task." The censor herself is saying, "This rascal Beaumarchais! I have already pruned and trimmed him at three or four different times...and the strappiing young man only comes back with even more force." (Virginia K. Anderson 04/17/95)