men_in_full: (wm howard taft)
Thanks to [ profile] inlaterdays, I've discovered the wonder which is bibliodyssey. Here's a French caricature:

Eh! bien, mon cher Emile, vous en voila donc aussi coiffe!

(Ah, my dear Emile, you wear that hat too!)
Published by Maison Aubert. Undated but it must be at least late 1840s but more likely later [Artist: Charles Vernier]

From Linca, in the comments: "Since you date the pictures as 1840s at least, it probably is linked to Louis Napoléon's election then imperial nomination."

There's an interesting difference here, as opposed to the English caricatures. The fat Frenchman is fat, but not drawn as particularly ugly or grotesque. The artist plays a bit off the "thin/fat" contrast, with the hat of Napoleon as the unifying theme. Also, his fatness is drawn as more natural, less of a caricature.

Here's an English caricature of a French soldier, from the same site:

'The Republican Soldier'
Hand-coloured etched caricature; stout soldier in [French] Revolutionary military uniform, laden with numerous weapons.
Notes: "Inflammetory [sic] harrangues to stir up the people to acts of sedition. Mutiny. Treason. Rebellion" ; "Hedd [sic] quarters. Craven anchor [crossed out]. Crown & anchor. Parole reform. Countersign--anarchy" ; ""Remonstrance from my constituents for non-attendance" ; "Fire is the best weapon you can use" ; "Sinew of rebellion"
Artist and publisher unknown; published in 1798.

Earlier British caricatures with fat men are here and here.

men_in_full: (beardsley ali baba)
I'm still amazed at the frank and even sometimes brutal forthrightness of British late 18th to early 19th century caricaturists. Even when they show fat men in a somewhat negative light, the men still have an arresting physicality. The fatness of powerful public figures is used to highlight their obnoxiousness or shortcomings, yet they don't appear weak or ashamed.

Three, all SFW )

men_in_full: (jeun silenus)
The British painter Henry Fuseli (1741-1825) was known for his romantic and surrealistic themes, touched with a hint of lurid sexuality. One of his best-known paintings, the 1781 "Nightmare", also had the distinction of being widely imitated in its day.

The English satirist Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827) laid out the British politician Charles James Fox in the same scenario in his 1784 engraving, "The Covent Garden Nightmare."

Probably NSFW, although what isn't, these days? )


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