Confessions

A Gallery of Rousseaus: Curated by Katie Lanning & Theresa M. Kelley

From 1766 until the late nineteenth century, Jean-Jacques Rousseau was satirized in a variety of English political cartoons.  Many of these feature Rousseau as a book that other figures hold or stand upon, while other cartoons portray Rousseau as the force of Revolution itself.  In all of these images, Rousseau is identified – and mostly criticized – as someone who influenced the course of the French Revolution, even though he died in 1788, before the Revolution began in 1789. [Click here for full Gallery overview...]

A Gallery of Rousseaus: Handout

 

 

“THE SAVAGE MAN”
Etching Published in London August 1766
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“LA CHUTE DU DESPOTISME”
Color Engraving
Published by William Holland in London
August 17, 1789
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“PATRIOTIC REGENERATION”
James Gillray
Color Engraving
Published by H. Humphrey in London
March 2, 1795
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“NEW MORALITY”
James Gillray
Color Engraving
Published by J. Wright in London
August 1, 1798
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“SIEGE DE LA COLONNE DE POMPÉE"
James Gillray
Color Engraving
Published by H. Humphrey in London
1799
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“THE ARMS OF FRANCE”
Hand-colored etching
Published by John Hatchard in London
1803
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“CARTE DE LA RÉVOLUTION À L’EFFIGIE DE J.J. ROUSSEAU”
Woodcut playing card
Published by J. Minot
Late nineteenth century
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