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MIRABEAU).
À cet Ardeur de boire à ce ventre en tonneau qui ne conoitrai le cadet Mirabeau.
[Paris, 1790-1]. A superb paper toy, a puppet of André Boniface Louis Riqueti de Mirabeau (1754-92), the reactionary younger brother of revolutionary orator Honoré Mirabeau, popularly known as Barrel Mirabeau (Mirabeau-Tonneau) because of his rotundity and prodigious taste for drink. He was depicted as a barrel by satirists and this unsigned print was specially designed to be cut up and mounted as a moveable puppet: the arms springing outwards brandishing a carafe and wine glass.André Boniface had served in the French army during the American Revolutionary Wars (he witnessed the battle of Yorktown) and (unlike his brother) opposed the French Revolution. He left France in 1790 to join the royalist counter-revolutionary forces in Germany.The legend reads: 'À cet ardeur de boire à ce ventre en tonneau qui ne conoitrai le cadet Mirabeau' (Who would not recognise the younger Mirabeau from this love of drinking and this barrel-shaped belly'). Engraved plate, cut and mounted on 5 pieces of stiff board as a paper toy (height c. 290 mm), hand coloured, complete with string and two brass rings. [De Vinck 1943 (mounted, as here) and 1944 (the original print, uncut and unmounted).]
Bookseller: Justin Croft Antiquarian Books Ltd ABA [Faversham, United Kingdom]
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