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Portrait of Joseph Priestley's son, William

Political cartoon entitled, "Monsieur Francois introduces Master Pr***tly to the National Assembly," drawn by James Sayers (1748-1823), depicts Priestley's son William as a puppet before the French National Assembly.

Description of cartoon: "Dr. Priestley's son introduced to the National Assembly by Monsieur Francois de Neufchatel, who holds him up by a pair of leading strings, standing in a Tub instead of a Tribune and announcing to the Assembly thro' a Trumpet the good news of an Englishman having become a Citizen of France. The Young Englishman having brought with him a bottle of Phlogiston from Hackney College is administering it in the form of electric sparks to the National Assembly: who are drawn in the form of Asses, Owls, Hogs and Frogs; while the Ancients in the Gallery are applauding with their mouths wide open." [from British Museum, Sayers Collection]

Published by Thomas Cornell, June 18, 1792.

[NOTE: Information attached to back of print is inaccurate.]


ID: 2006-00103
Priestley, William

Creation Jun. 18, 1792

MEDIUM: Paper; FORMAT: Print (caricature); LENGTH: 11 1/2 x 16 1/2 in.

Topics: History of Science

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