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        Royal Sharpening Service for Sharpening English Daggers, 1794

        French School, (18th century); French. Medium: hand coloured etching. Date: 1794. La Grande Aiguiserie Royale de Poignards Anglais; William Pitt (1759-1806) sharpens a dagger on a grindstone turned on a treadmill by king George III, depicted as 'Georges Dandin', the foolish, elderly cuckolded husband in the play by Moliere; the bags of gold with the names of Cordai (Corday), Aimee Cecile Regnault and Admiral suggest that they were bribed to become assassins by the British Government; Provenance: Centre Historique des Archives Nationales, Paris, France / Giraudon. Photographic Rights The Bridgeman Art Library.


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