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Lithograph - ‘Un Gourmand’, 1820
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Lithograph - ‘Un Gourmand’, 1820

Measurements: Overall: 37cm (14.5in) x 46cm (18in)

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Hand-coloured lithograph. After G. Cruikshank, published Jan 10th 1820 by S.W. Fores, 41 Piccadilly, London. Louis XVIII sitting at table in a low-backed arm-chair which is unobtrusively a commode. A vast gouty leg, swathed, and draped with the end of a shirt, is pushed forward. He has a cod-fish profile and leans forward with lowered eyelids, tilting his soup-plate and awkwardly putting his spoon to eager lips. On the table are a steaming tureen, a bird, fruit, and wine. The fringed cloth is decorated with a crowned escutcheon of crossed knife, fork, and spoon, flanked by fleurs-de-lis. On the wall are two pictures: (left) a pelican trying to swallow a large fish; (right), behind the King, a portrait of Napoleon with the place name of his exile St. Helena.

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