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Vive la difference: The English and French stereotype in satirical prints, 1720-1815

It is easy to argue that despite the geographical proximity between England and France they are worlds apart. This was even truer during the 18th century, when there were both certain similarities and a significant amount of enmity. The Fitzwilliam Museum has opted to explore this fascinating period through the world of satirical prints from 1720-1815 that look into stereotypes that began to be represented visually at the time. Visitors can read the introductory essay offered on the homepage, and then move along to selections of prints from both nations that are both intriguing and delightful. Everything from French fashions to the treatment of prisoners of war is explored in these prints. Additionally, visitors can learn about the print-making techniques deployed in these renderings and learn more about the publishers of these works.
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