Monday, September 26, 2011

Lecture on Gender History

Guest lecture on Gender history

What is gender history?
either A)gender roles and relations throughout history OR B)the history of how people have studied gender. We will talk a bit about both today.

Why gender history and not just women's history - that is really what it is, right?
Well, no, but we'll get back to that.

History as a professional academic discipline was formed fairly recently - Bruni was good, but no, it really started with Ranke, the Joe Friday of History. Not only was he only interested in facts, but he and others wanted the most important facts. These were often about important men and important events on a national scale. Women, unless they were ruling Queens, were not important.

You have seen over the semester how some of this national history or "great men and great battles history" was challenged and rethought, opening the discipline up for inquires of a different kind, considering the local, the representative, and the marginalized.

The changes were not only in the discipline, in the topics and approaches, but in the historians themselves. Until after World War II women working in the discipline of history were few and far between. There were a very few early pioneers both in the United States and European countries, but they were individual efforts in a wilderness, with no attempt at a bigger picture.
EXAMPLES ....Alice Clark, The Working Life of Women in the Seventeenth Century (London, 1919) Eileen Power, Medieval English Nunneries (Cambridge, 1932), Ivy Pinchbeck, Women Workers and the Industrial Revolution, 1750 - 1850 (London 1930).

Then Simone de Beauvoir and Betty Friedan and the whole sixties happened. They claimed that the personal IS political and that voting rights were not enough - women wanted civil rights and social and political power, liberation and lots more. Women starting wondering what had happened before and how things got to be this way - how did male dominance happen in the first place ... remembered the suffragettes and then went past them to women history. Interwoven with this strain of development was the idea that the Hegemony of the white male middle class had repressed the goals of the Progressives and the class consciousness of the labor groups ...

"At the beginning of women's history stood the 'recovery of memory' - that is, remedying the absence of women from historical accounts. This compensatory history celebrated and celebrated outstanding women of the past ("women worthies") in the interest of historical accuracy and as a call to emancipatory action" (Breisach 393).

One of those early women historians, Gerda Lerner, points to three early directions for the history of women. The first she calls "compensatory history" or the history of "women worthies." The lives of women such as Elizabeth I, Eleanor of Aquitane, Joan of Arc and other rulers and warriors showed that women HAD a place even in the traditional historical narrative of "great men". On the other hand, these women could, of course, not be seen as representative of what MOST women could do or had donen.

A second direction Lerner calls "recovery history," recovering less illustrious and therefor perhaps more representative women and their lives. This field of research particularly affected social history, a field that had been heavily focused on statistics - giving demographic information about such things as births, deaths, and population movements. Now family life and domestic concerns became an area of interest and labor history broadened both to consider women in the workplace and to consider the - unpaid - work done at home. Women produce food, clothing, materials - and new workers.This approach depended on the premise that the poor and marginalized were relevant to historical work, something with which not every historian did agree.

The third direction Lerner discusses is "contribution history," that is, exploring the ways in which women have contributed to the traditional historical narrative. One example of this kind of history would be a narrative of the American Revolution that discussed the tea, wool and other boycotts organized by women to protest the British and the women soldiers fighting in the actual war.
Mary R. Bread (1876-1958), mentioned as the inventor of the concept of Women's Studies, wrote her ground-breaking work Women As Force in History in 1945. In this she argued that women were not the subjected race, as maintained by some other feminist historians (and as propounded three years later by Simon de Beauvoir in The Second Sex). On the contrary, what Mary Beard desired was that "the personalities, interests, ideas and activities of women must receive an attention commensurate with their energy in history." She believed that women were a force in history, and she conceded this force generally as a civilizing mission. ( The issue with this approach is that it looks at women entirely from a male perspective, retaining male priorities - asking the question "what have women done that is important to men," rather than "what have women - and men - done that is important to women.

A startling number of women were (re)discovered, and the traditional historical narrative burst at the seams to encompass all these new stories. But the impact went much further than that. By their questions they changed what we consider important about history - why we do it, but also what history is .... Do we do history to find the facts, or to understand how things came to be as they are? Do we want to get to know how most people lived in that country we call the past or are we learning about proud moments in our nation's past? We question whose history is THE history; the history of the most important people or the history of most of the people? What do we do when those histories disagree? What are the assumptions we make when we use traditional period markers (Renaissance). The Renaissance is celebrated as re-birth of learning and perhaps the birth of the individual - Joan Kelley asked (1977) "Did Women have a Renaissance?" arguing that women in that age were deprived even of whatever opportunities of learning they used to have in the earlier times. Other disciplines too have changed with the consideration of women - English departments saw a whole new line of classes as Richardson and Defoe were made to share space with Fanny Burney, Hannah More, and Sarah Scott. Today it is no surprise to English majors working in the period that women writers were  more numerous and more popular than their male counterparts at the time.

Over time women's history has shifted emphasis toward gender history, partly as a result of or causing the cultural turn - moving from questions about how women lived to questions about how society was gendered during different time periods and how people thought about masculinity and femininity. The cultural shift has also broadened to encompass a new focus on  medical history, the body, and sexuality, e.g. Michel Foucault, The History of Sexuality (1976-1985, transl, 1984-86); Thomas Laqueur, Making Sex: Body and Gender from the Greeks to Freud (Harvard University Press, 1990); and Roy Porter, Flesh in the Age of Reason: The Modern Foundations of Body and Soul (2005). 

Historians still focusing on women, such as Amanda Vickery and Rosemary Sweet, have problematized the history of women's lives - showing that the oppression was not even, and that there is usually a marked difference between theory and practice. Vickery (The Gentleman's Daughter: Women's Lives in Georgian England, 1998) shows how the sharp delineation of separate spheres usually attributed to industrialization) was a lot more complex with women producing in the home, bringing the world to them and taking an active part in the public sphere although in different ways and places. Elaine Chalus (Elite Women in English Political Life, 2005) showed that women owned 10% or real property during the 18th c and acted as stewards of their estates both in private and public participation of women in local and national politics , and Rosemary Sweet (Women and Urban Life in Eighteenth Century England, 2003) looked at women in business and found that early modern English women owned, and often operated, between 6 - 8 % of businesses.
The recovery process has found not only spaces where women had influence, but even early women historians, women writing biographies as well as bona fide traditional historical texts (Macaulay, Otis Warren). There is still  debate over whether we should focus on uncovering the history of oppression or on the history of women negotiating the rules to their own benefit.
Scholars like Nina Baym have questioned the whole project - pointing to a problem in the very use of women as a category, where "all current [feminist] theory requires sexual difference as its ground (1984, 46)" As Joan Scott put it recently " looking at how women have been oppressed or treated differently because they are women, scholars have ended up forgetting that the definition itself is a historical artifact" (Scott 2008, 1424). This points to one of the main challenges ahead, both in gender history and history at large - however many hitherto suppressed narratives we give a voice, whatever categories we use, just the use of a category limits what we can see. By focusing on women as a category, we ignore how individual women were perhaps using other markers of identity to negotiate their lives. On the other hand, if we try to tell all the stories, from all different perspectives, looking at the individual trees will blind us to the forest.

Gerda Lerner, The Majority Finds Its Past: Placing Women in History (1979); Leonore Davidoff and Catherine Hall, Family Fortunes: Men and Women of the English Middle Class, 1780-1850 (Chicago, 1987); Linda Kerber, Women of the Republic: Intellect and Ideology in Revolutionary America, (1980) - first discussed in Kerber, Linda K. "The Republican Mother: Women and the Enlightenment-An American Perspective," American Quarterly, Vol. 28, No. 2, (Summer, 1976), pp. 187–205; Joan W Scott, "Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis," American Historical Review 91:5, 1986, she also wrote Women, Work and Family (coauthored with Louise Tilly); Joan Kelley, Women, History, and Theory: The Essays of Joan Kelley (Chicago 1986).

Gerda Lerner: Born in 1920 to a Jewish family in Vienna, Austria, Gerda Kronstein was a young girl when Adolph Hitler began his rise to power. In protest of Hitler’s efforts to eradicate Europe’s Jewish population, a courageous teenage Kronstein joined the underground resistance to the Nazi occupation. However, she and her family were caught and forced into exile in 1938. Gerda came alone to the United States in 1939 at the age of 18. Her immigration was dependent upon an arranged marriage that soon failed. She divorced, remarried noted filmmaker Carl Lerner, and moved to Hollywood. There, in 1946, she joined the American Communist Party. During the McCarthy period, Carl was blacklisted and unable to find work in California. The Lerner family moved to New York where Gerda began her career as an academic, historian, and activist. By the early 1960s, the couple had distanced themselves from the CP and joined the struggle for civil rights. In 1963, Gerda Lerner earned her B.A. from the New School for Social Research in New York. She then received her Ph.D. in American History from Columbia University in 1966. Lerner returned to Columbia to pursue women’s history, a field not yet considered a formal area of study. There she began her battle to gain recognition of women’s history as a separate specialized discipline. That same year Lerner joined fellow activists Betty Friedan, Pauli Murray, Aileen Hernandez, and others in founding the National Organization for Women (NOW). Upon receiving her doctorate, Lerner began teaching at Long Island University. She is credited with teaching the first post-World War II college course in women’s history. Lerner soon moved on to Sarah Lawrence College, where she founded the first graduate program in women’s history in 1972 and served as its director from 1972-76 and 1978-79. In 1980, she began teaching at the University of Wisconsin and remains there today as Professor of History Emerita. At Wisconsin, she established a Ph.D. program in women’s history and continued to help similar fledgling programs at universities throughout the country. In 1981, Lerner became the first female President in 50 years of the Organization of American Historians.

Joan Wallach Scott Scott (born December 18, 1941) is an American historian of France with contributions in gender history and intellectual history. She is currently the Harold F. Linder Professor at the School of Social Science in the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ. Joan Scott graduated from Brandeis in 1962 and received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1969. Before coming to the Institute for Advanced Study, Scott taught in history departments at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern University, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Rutgers University, the Johns Hopkins University. At Brown University she was founding director of the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, and the Nancy Duke Lewis University Professor and professor of history. She serves on the editorial boards of Signs, differences, History and Theory and, since January 2006, the Journal of Modern History. In 2010, she helped to found: The History of the Present: A Journal of Critical Theory.[1] Scott has also played a major role in the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) as the chair of its Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure.

Joan Kelley, historian and feminist, was born in New York City in 1928; her father was a policeman. She took night courses at St. John's University, Queens, New York and received her A.B., summa cum laude, in 1953. She received an M.A. (1954) and Ph.D. (1963) in history from Columbia University, having studied with Garret Mattingley, who considered her dissertation to be "the best Columbia dissertation he had ever read"; it became the basis of her first book, Leon Battista Alberti: Universal Man of the Early Renaissance (University of Chicago Press, 1969). The book embodied the theme of her life's work: the interrelationship of ideology and economic and political forces. Joan Kelly joined the faculty of the City University of New York (CUNY) in 1956, teaching first at Baruch College and later at City College (CCNY) and the Graduate Center. In 1963-1964, she was a visiting professor in Renaissance History at Columbia. In the l960s, JK became politically active, joining the movement against the war in Vietnam, lobbying for Black Studies and for day care facilities, and supporting open enrollment at CCNY. She began to study Marxist thought and incorporated it into her teaching. From 1972 to 1974 she was on leave from CCNY and taught at Sarah Lawrence College where she developed her interest in women's history. Together with Gerda Lerner, she developed the first M.A. program in women's history at Sarah Lawrence and was acting director of the women's studies program at CCNY, 1976-1977. She defined herself as a socialist feminist and developed a Marxist-feminist theory of history. Kelley was author of many articles, including: "Did women have a Renaissance?" and co-author of Households and Kin: Families and Flux, a high-school textbook. She completed "Early feminism and the querelle des femmes" in 1982. A collection of her essays, Women, History and Theory was published posthumously (University of Chicago Press, 1984). Kelley served on the executive board of the Renaissance Society of America (1971-1976),was chair of the Committee of Women Historians of the American Historical Association (1975, 1977), was one of the organizers of institutes on the integration of women's history into high-school curricula, 1976-1979,and was on the board of the Feminist Press and on the editorial board of Signs. She was the Clark lecturer at Scripps College, 1978-1979. Kelley married Eugene Gadol while in graduate school; they were divorced in 1972. She married Martin Fleisher, professor of political science at Brooklyn College, in 1979. She died of cancer in 1982.

Butler, Judith, and Joan W. Scott, eds. Feminists Theorize the Political. New York and London: Routledge. 1992.

Downs, Laura Lee. Writing Gender History. Bloomsbury, 2 ed., 2010.

Kelley, Joan. Women, History, and Theory: The Essays of Joan Kelley.University of Chicago Press, 1986.

Lerner, Gerda. Why History Matters. 1997.

Riley, Denise. 1988. Am I That Name? Feminism and the Category of 'Women'
in History
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Scott, Joan W. "Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis," American Historical Review 91:5, 1986.

-----. Gender and the Politics of History. 1988

Smith, Bonnie. The Gender of History: Men, Women, and Historical Practice. Cambridge: Harvard University Press,1998.

Gerda Lerner
No Farewell (1955) an autobiographical novel
The Grimké Sisters from South Carolina: Rebels against Authority (1967)
The Woman in American History [ed.] (1971)
Black Women in White America: A Documentary History (1972)
The Female Experience: An American Documentary (1976)
A Death of One's Own (1978/2006)
The Majority Finds Its Past: Placing Women in History (1979)
Teaching Women's History (1981)
Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey (1982)
The Creation of Patriarchy (1986)
Why History Matters (1997)
The Creation of Feminist Consciousness (1993)
Scholarship in Women's History Rediscovered & New (1994)
Fireweed: A Political Autobiography (2003)

Document on gender studies in Russia

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Ideas and why we should study them

This course is about gender in western thought. What does that mean?

[room for input]

Why Gender? Because we are interested in notions about what it means both to be a man and a woman, and transsexual or intersexed or a hermaphrodite.

Why Western? Because that is the discussion I know - there are other stories and other influences, but this is where most of our ideas came from

Why Thought? Because we want to know what believe believed about gender, gender roles, and gender differences. We also want to know something about what people actually did, but our main concern is what they thought they knew and what how they structured that information to an understanding of reality.

In a recent New York Times editorial I read that "In the past, we collected information not simply to know things. That was only the beginning. We also collected information to convert it into something larger than facts and ultimately more useful — into ideas that made sense of the information [my emphasis]. We sought not just to apprehend the world but to truly comprehend it, which is the primary function of ideas. Great ideas explain the world and one another to us."

Having facts is useless unless we have a narrative into which we fit the facts. The narrative tells us which facts are relevant and which are not, and the narrative tells us how to understand and use the facts. We want to know what use people made of the facts they thought they had and how they put those narratives together.

In this class we will be reading what a selection of people have had to say on the topic of gender and gender relations from Plato onward. The selection is somewhat random, although I have tried to focus on important people and major ideas, and we will sometimes read about people who were talking directly about gender and at other times we will read about people who were talking about other things, and while doing that were revealing some of their ideas about gender.

Some of what we read will be difficult, some of it will make you angry, some of it will be explicit (fuck) - but please keep in mind that we are not trying to determine who is right. We are trying to understand what these people's ideas were and how they affected the society people lived in.

A note on reading:
When you read, try to work through the argument, consider the evidence, and what discussion the author is taking part in. What are they responding to? What are they not saying?

Read Sayers article .... ask questions.

Syllabus - hand out and go through.

Lecture on hunter/gatherers, the Agricultural Revolution and Greek and Roman societies.

For homework, read bulldykes?

Monday, April 11, 2011

Lewis Walpole Library Images

A Ballad Singer. A Match Woman. A Dealer in Greens

"And then She wend Sighing Heigho - Heigho! She wanted a husband, Heigho!"
"Is she not a delightful creature - to speak in confidence would not your Mr Green & her make a sweet match. I really think the young people have a Penchant for each other."
"Very likely Madam, but as I am Guardian to the Green family & have the care of thier fortunes with the selecting them Wives & Husbands, they don't marry but upon very particular Con_si_de_ra_tions."

Title: Matrimonial comforts, sketch 3 - Rowlandson - 1799
"You can't deny the letter you false man - I shall find out all your Vicked Women - I shall you abominable Seducer"
"Indeed Lovey I know no more who sent the letter than the Man in the Moon"

Courtship and Marriage
Courtship - When Two Fond Fools together meet / each look gives Joy, each Kiss so sweet / Pleasures the Burden of the Song / Joying and Playing, all day long - When Wed, how cold, and cross they'll be, Turn up side down and then you'll see.
Marriage - That form once o'er with Angry Brows / The Married Pair both Peevish Grow /All night and day, they scold, and growl / She calls him Ass, he calls her fool / Thus oft we see in real life / Love ends, When once you're Man and Wife.

Title: Matrimonial comforts, sketch 5 - Rowlandson - 1799
Killing with Kindness
"You must have some Apricots my love"
"wont eat any thing more I tell you - I shall be choaked - got an eye to the Estate I suppose"
"Just taste these Grapes Brother in Law you never eat finer"

Modern Marriage a la Mode. Sweet Fruits of the Third Honeymoon.
MY NOTE: Second marriage was called "the triumph of hope over experience" by 18th-century essayist Samuel Johnson.

Six weeks after marriage J.P. fecit.1790 Smith, Charles Loraine, 1751-1835, artist.

Six weeks after marriage. Printed for Carington Bowles, at his Map & Print Warehouse, No. 69 in St. Pauls Church Yard, London, published as the Act directs [25th June, 1777]

The [Prince's] Nursery or Nine Months After [Marriage]. TEXT: Published 9th May 1786 by S.W. Fores at the Caracature Warehouse No 3 Picadilly

TItle: Matrimonial Comforts Sketch 8 - A Curtail Lecture! 1799
A man lies on his back in bed, his face set in grim resignation, as his wife leans over him lecturing him, "Yes you base man --you dont you eat drink and sleep comfortably at home and still you must be jaunting abroad every night. I'll find out your intrigues-- you may depend upon it." A small dog sits at the foot of the bed yelping at the couple while a larger dog sleeps on the floor, his eyes squeezed shut.

Title: Polygamy Display'd OR Doctor Madman restored to his senses. 1780
About Rev. Martin Madan (1726-1790)
An older man, representing Rev. Madan, is attacked by two women, one of them pulling on his coat and indicating a crying boy standing next to her, the other grasping his wig with her left hand and ready to strike him with a small stool she is holding in her right. Her right foot is propped on a volume entitled "Thelyphthora," his treatise advocating polygamy. Behind her, a third woman is picking his pocket. On the left two women are engaged in a fight; on the right a couple is kissing behind a screen on which is displayed an image of a duel, above it is an image of a prisoner in chains and next to it a body hanging from the gibbet.

TItle: Six Weeks After Marriage. 1777 date estimated by George
A well-dressed young couple are shown in an argument. The woman, seated on a couch, has just overturned her tea table. Cups and saucers litter the floor and the woman's small dog jumps up on her husband who turns away from the scene. A reduced version of George 4549.

The Constant Couple. [London] : Publish'd Feb 24, 1786 by J. Phillips, No. 164 Piccadilly, [1786]
Temporary local subject terms: William Mansell, 1750-1820, engraver -- King George III as farmer -- Queen Charlotte as farmer's wife -- Allusion to George Farquhar's Constant Couple -- Signposts -- Windsor Castle -- Horses -- Dogs -- Dog colllar stamped: G R -- Allusion to Slough on signpost -- Milestones -- Allusion to St. James's on milestone.

Title: The Jelly-House Maccaroni. 1772. A fashionably dressed young couple embrace. From the man's waistcoat hangs a small pomander.

The modern paradise, or, Adam and Eve_,_ regenerated. 1780
A nude couple in enormous wigs stands under the "Tree of Life." A sheet of paper covering the man's hips is inscribed "Mr. Rock." In his left hand he holds a ticket to a masquerade at Pantheon, in the right a walking stick. A serpent, inscribed "Modern gap of honour" glides between his legs and next to a saddle, whip and a riding hat inscribed "Furniture for saddling an estate." Next to the woman who holds a fan in front of her thighs, with a dog climbing up her knee, lie on the ground a staff and a comedy mask, a ticket and a letter addressed "To Belinda." Behind the woman a monkey is holding a mirror. Playing cards and dice fall off the tree which is hung with cards advertising fashionable places in London such as the Carlisle House, Pantheon, White's Club, Ranelagh and Almack's, among others. On the left a devil is walking away from her toward a roaring fire saying "I'll even back to Hell again, for these must be too knowing for me by the Size of their Heads." On the right in the background two men, identified as "Cain and Abel" are dueling. Another man lies on the ground having fallen off a galloping horse. The explanation below reads "For the benefit of the next heir."

Friday, April 08, 2011

Images - from art of the print - Rowlandson

Hot Goose, Cabbage & Cucumbers" was drawn and etched by Thomas Rowlandson in 1823. Thomas Rowlandson's title may seem somewhat perplexing to the modern eye but a contemporary would easily recognize its significance. All three elements relate directly to the Regency world of the tailor. 'Goose' referred to a tailor's smoothing iron. Hot gooses (not geese) are being prepared in the fire by the young assistant. 'Cabbage' is an old English slang term for the left over pieces of cloth from commissioned suits. These pieces were often patched together or cut up and made into articles of clothing for sale -- at very little cost to the tailor. Both the old tailor and his other assistant are at work on such remnants. Tailors, in fact, were sometimes called cabbages. Finally, 'Cucumber Time' was a term used for the slow season in the tailoring trade, when the weeks were so unprofitable that all the food that could be afforded was cucumbers. An often used maxim was, "Tailors are Vegetarians, because they live on 'cucumber' when without work, and on 'cabbage' when in full employ." * Hence Thomas Rowlandson has depicted a pretty young maid selling her cucumbers at the window. Her calm and comely appearance represents a direct contrast to the occupants of the tailor's establishment.

In his famous satirical etchings and drawings of doctors and medical practitioners, Thomas Rowlandson took aim at treatments of the day and outright quackery. In one of his highest regarded etchings, "The Consultation or Last Hope", five doctors 'examine' a patient in his last, painful stage of gout. Behind them a nurse is fast asleep. By the fireplace (where the mantelpiece contains a lineup of failed remedies) other doctors and an undertaker await their respective turns. At this time consultation from multiple doctors was customary. It was also known as 'fee-grabbing', and doctors would hurriedly make the rounds of well to do sufferers for a guinea apiece.

Thomas Rowlandson has supplied the following quotation under the title; "So when the Doctors shake their heads, and bid their patient think of Heaven -- Alls over, good Night." 1808

Images - from art of the print

Modern Grace,-or-the Operatical Finale to the Ballet of Alonzo e caro not only depicts a popular ballet of the day but three actual dancers. In the centre is the French ballet dancer, Charles Louis Didelot. To his sides are his wife, Rose Didelot, and the ballerina, Madame Parisot. Madame Parisot is diverting the attentions of Charles with her amply displayed breast. Mrs. Didelot is not amused. To complete the composition James Gillray has added a pair of wonderfully chubby ballerinas in the background.

James Gillray's "So Skiffy Skipt On, With His Wonted Grace" 'Skiffy' was Sir Lumley St. George Skeffington (1771-1850), a well known playwright and fop of the day. He belonged to the Carleton House circle and authored such plays as 'The Word of Honour', 'The High Road to Marriage' and 'The Sleeping Beauty'. He was both caricatured by Gillray and satirized by Lord Byron. In his delightful portrayal, James Gillray focuses upon Skiffy's resplendent attire.

George Cruikshank's Anglo - Gallic Salutations in London - or, Practice makes Perfect is one of a number of his commentaries upon relations among English, French and German language and culture in the early nineteenth century. Not long after Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo inter Continental travel became quite widespread. With the resumption of peace fascination with foreign culture reached a peak. Members of both the emerging middle class and the upper class devoted themselves to perfecting language. Thus in this delightful etching two German visitors in London practice their skills outside 'The Original White Bear Inn' --"Gode a Morning Sare, did it rain tomorrow? -- Yase it vas." 1816.

George Cruikshank - Anglo - Parisian Salutations or, Practice par Excellence!: Not long after Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo inter Continental travel became quite widespread. With the resumption of peace fascination with foreign culture reached a peak and members of both the emerging middle class and the upper class devoted themselves to learning languages. Thus in this delightful George Cruikshank etching, two English visitors adorned in the latest fashions in Paris practice their skills outside the 'Hotel des Fermes' --"Commong porty wous Munseer? -- O Oui -- il est un tres belle jour!.". 1816

George Cruikshank's most famous creations of satire were undoubtedly his Monstrosities, which were published annually from 1816 to 1828. Both Robert and George Cruikshank participated in these amazing observations of the latest ridiculous fashions. Among the many wonderful 'monstrosities' in this famous etching the overly attired woman to the immediate right of the peacock-like soldier would by itself make this image a masterpiece.

'Monstrosities of 1819 and 1820' is an original etching by George Cruikshank and published initially in 1819 and 1920. This impression was published by Thomas McLean for the second and final edition, 1835.

George Cruikshank's set of two original etchings titled "The Advantages of Travel; - or - 'A Little Learning is a Dangerous Thing'" satirizes both French and English tourists and how, in a very small period of exposure to a foreign climate, they manage to perfectly maul a language.

In the first etching George Cruikshank created for "The Advantages of Travel..." a native of Paris has just arrived from England and is greeted by a friend; "Comment se porte mon amie? - Moi - I am jost come from de England - Aha you vas jost come from de England! Den how you like de Bif? - Le Bif rote is charmant a Londres! Yase dat is vrai - bote je prepare le Rum-Tek! - Le Rum-Tek! vat is de Rum Tek? - Voyez vous - it is toujours de Bif Tek - mais-bote-day-call it Rum tek -ba-cause day pote de Rum in de Sauce."

In the second and final etching George Cruikshank created for "The Advantages of Travel..." the tables have turned, with two Londoners discussing the merits of French cooking; "Ah Jack - How are ye? - Devilish well- just crost the water - been to Paris! - Well & how did ye like the Cooking? - Confounded good - 'pon my soul - Liked their Harrico-Blong- best -- What's Harrico Blong? - What's Harrico Blong! Why you know what Harrico - is don't ye? - To be sure - It's mutton chops & carrots & turnips -- with wedgables -- Very well then! That's it & Blong -you know's the name of the first Cook as made it. -- Oh - aye ---- so it is ---I remember now !!"

These two original George Cruikshank etchings are printed upon early nineteenth century wove paper and with large, full margins as published by Thomas McLean, Haymarket in 1835.

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