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    [American and French Revolutions]: Large, Anti-Thomas Paine Cartoon From 1792. 15" x 12" [sight] hand-colored engraved cartoon, double-matted and framed to an overall size of 22" x 19.5". Titled: "Tom Paine's Nightly Pest." Published December 10, 1792 by H. Humphrey of London. Drawn by James Gay. At this time, Paine was living in France, following an order for his arrest on charges of seditious libel in Britain where he was tried in absentia. The author of the "American Crisis" (1776), "Common Sense" (1776) and "The Rights of Man" (1791) was viewed not only as a spokesman for the Age of Enlightenment, but a dangerous revolutionary. Fearing the spread of the French Revolution and the overthrow of the monarchy, the British establishment did all they could to diminish his influence. In this cartoon, a sleeping Paine, wearing a Liberty cap, under the watchful eyes of his French "Guardian Angels" (possibly Robespierre and Mirabeau), has a nightmare. Three faceless British magistrates display the charges against Paine and the potential punishments. The gallows and pillory appear above them with the caption "The scourge inexorable, the tort-ring hour awaits thee!" A devil with his fiddle exits through the window with a scroll reading "Ca-ira [this will be]". Great condition. Very rare and historical. Very little of a graphic nature is available for Paine. This would make a nice "go-with" for a collection of "End of Pain" tokens.

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