Etching by George Sala taken from the 'Great Exhibition 'Wot is to Be', a satirical look at the forthcoming Great Exhibition of 1851. The representations of the French include portraits of the writers Alexandre Dumas and Victor Hugo, the latter of whom will only bring one book 'Notre Dame de Paris', the rest not worth bringing'. To the right of them hangs a harlequin's costume with the caption 'a suit of clothes for French politicians'. The bottom half of the image includes satirical depictions of French cookery, French tragedy, French patriots and dancing.
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