An image of Prisoners of Gaul delivered up to the beasts

Jean-Jacques Grandville

(France 1803 – 1847)

Prisoners of Gaul delivered up to the beasts

Location
Not on display
Further information

Grandville’s political satires contain a strong element of fantasy and often feature animals dressed as humans. The subject of this print was inspired by the workers’ uprising in Lyons in 1834. The rioting soon spread to Paris and over 100 people were arrested and imprisoned. They became known as the April Insurgents. Here Grandville presents himself in the place of an insurgent facing an absurd bench of judges.

Year
1835
Media
Print
Medium
lithograph
Dimensions
22.1 x 39.1 cm image; 33.3 x 52.4 cm sheet
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Purchased 1988
Accession number
488.1988