Saturday, October 18, 2014
Caricature portrait of officers in the Austrian army in Central Italy, 1740s, made by Pier Leone Ghezzi (1674-1755).
The book I scanned it from has a transcription of the text in readable form; I’ll attempt a translation, modernising the orthography and punctuation because I know how to write in English but not quite in 18th century English:

Image on the L: The most illustrious General Perbusati, Milanese, whose head trembles and shakes [al quale gli trema e frulla la testa], he is a very experienced man with regards to war. He came with the army of the Queen of Hungary [Maria Theresa] to take Naples and told me they feared Gages [here spelled Gagge; José Buenaventura Dumont comte de Gages, commander of the Spanish-Neapolitan army], the Spanish cavalry and the foul air.
Image on the R: Lieutenant-Colonel Locviz [sic, Lobkowitz] son of Generalissimo Locviz; and this son of his, Knight of Malta, though very young is also going with the aforementioned army of the Queen of Hungary … This gentleman is a most gracious young man and it would be a pity if he were killed in some skirmish against the Spaniards.

Caricature portrait of officers in the Austrian army in Central Italy, 1740s, made by Pier Leone Ghezzi (1674-1755).

The book I scanned it from has a transcription of the text in readable form; I’ll attempt a translation, modernising the orthography and punctuation because I know how to write in English but not quite in 18th century English:

Image on the L: The most illustrious General Perbusati, Milanese, whose head trembles and shakes [al quale gli trema e frulla la testa], he is a very experienced man with regards to war. He came with the army of the Queen of Hungary [Maria Theresa] to take Naples and told me they feared Gages [here spelled Gagge; José Buenaventura Dumont comte de Gages, commander of the Spanish-Neapolitan army], the Spanish cavalry and the foul air.

Image on the R: Lieutenant-Colonel Locviz [sic, Lobkowitz] son of Generalissimo Locviz; and this son of his, Knight of Malta, though very young is also going with the aforementioned army of the Queen of Hungary … This gentleman is a most gracious young man and it would be a pity if he were killed in some skirmish against the Spaniards.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

valinaraii:

L’Aristocrate: Maudite Révolution!

Caricature of an aristocratic lady cursing the Revolution. 1790.

Gallica.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
magictransistor:

Carington Bowles, The Barber Riding to Margate (Hand-coloured mezzotint), ca. 1782.

magictransistor:

Carington Bowles, The Barber Riding to Margate (Hand-coloured mezzotint), ca. 1782.

Monday, September 8, 2014
gentlemaninkhaki:

'How to Salute,' according to William Henry Bunbury. C. 1780's.

gentlemaninkhaki:

'How to Salute,' according to William Henry Bunbury. C. 1780's.

(Source: collections.britishart.yale.edu)

Sunday, June 15, 2014
viktor-sbor:

"Подгулявшие казаки" Европейская литография XIXвека

viktor-sbor:

"Подгулявшие казаки" Европейская литография XIXвека

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
alwayswantedtobeareiter:

history-will-be-kind-to-me:

Satirical print, “Taming of the shrew: —Katharine & Petruchio; —The modern Quixotte, —or, what you will—" by James Gillray, April 1791
Cartoon shows Catherine II, faint and shying away from William Pitt, who appears as Petruchio, and Don Quixote on horseback (a lean George III whose authority has been usurped by Pitt), seated behind Pitt are the King of Prussia and a figure representing Holland as Sancho Panza, Selim III kneels to kiss the horse’s tail; a gaunt figure representing the old order in France and Leopold II render assistance to Catherine by preventing her from falling to the ground.

This is a reference to the Oczakov crisis, when Pitt’s government attempted to get involved in the Russo-Turkish war that had been raging since the late 1780s. Russia had captured the Turkish fort of Oczakov on the Black Sea; in an attempt to redress the balance of power in Eastern Europe Pitt’s government tried to make Russia give it back. When it seemed likely that Britain would have to fight to enforce its demand, Pitt backed down.

alwayswantedtobeareiter:

history-will-be-kind-to-me:

Satirical print, “Taming of the shrew: —Katharine & Petruchio; —The modern Quixotte, —or, what you will—" by James Gillray, April 1791

Cartoon shows Catherine II, faint and shying away from William Pitt, who appears as Petruchio, and Don Quixote on horseback (a lean George III whose authority has been usurped by Pitt), seated behind Pitt are the King of Prussia and a figure representing Holland as Sancho Panza, Selim III kneels to kiss the horse’s tail; a gaunt figure representing the old order in France and Leopold II render assistance to Catherine by preventing her from falling to the ground.

This is a reference to the Oczakov crisis, when Pitt’s government attempted to get involved in the Russo-Turkish war that had been raging since the late 1780s. Russia had captured the Turkish fort of Oczakov on the Black Sea; in an attempt to redress the balance of power in Eastern Europe Pitt’s government tried to make Russia give it back. When it seemed likely that Britain would have to fight to enforce its demand, Pitt backed down.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

varietas:

Tullio Pericoli: Jorge Luis Borges / Anton Chekhov/ Franz Kafka / Robert Musil / Marcel Proust / Virginia Woolf / Italo Calvino / Samuel Beckett / James Joyce /  Albert Einstein 

(more here and here)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
edwarddespard:

La Caricature has Louis-Philippe and co trying to topple Marianne - while the caption warns that if she falls, they will be crushed.

edwarddespard:

La Caricature has Louis-Philippe and co trying to topple Marianne - while the caption warns that if she falls, they will be crushed.

Sunday, April 13, 2014
dieweltvongestern:

drawing of an Italian soldier surrounded by bayonettes, on 18th August 1915 (the emperor’s birthday), apparently by an Austro-Hungarian soldier in Inft. Rgmt. Musik No 72 Pressburg.

dieweltvongestern:

drawing of an Italian soldier surrounded by bayonettes, on 18th August 1915 (the emperor’s birthday), apparently by an Austro-Hungarian soldier in Inft. Rgmt. Musik No 72 Pressburg.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
grenadierfifer:

thelastkaiser seems so down with mood tonight, so I fetch something from my last photo-session in library where I was browsing books about caricature for my thesis <:
Artist: William Orpen (1878-1931)

grenadierfifer:

thelastkaiser seems so down with mood tonight, so I fetch something from my last photo-session in library where I was browsing books about caricature for my thesis <:

Artist: William Orpen (1878-1931)