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Gérard Jean Baptiste Scotin II (1698 - post 1755), engraver
Print made by Gérard Jean Baptiste Scotin II, after Gravelot.

La Liberté des Suisses, exprimée par les principaux Evenemnets de cette partie de leur histoire etc.

Print on silk

Inscription: Lettered wtih names of producers Gravelot inv. et del. and G. Scotin sculp. title, date and seven lines in French describing the allegorical scene.

Museum number: P29

Curatorial note

A print on silk titled 'La Liberté des Suisses' [the Liberty of the Swiss], illustrated by the story of William Tell. The print is an allegory on the freedom of the Swiss people, with Liberty and Union personified flanking a pedestal upon which an oval border held up by putti frames a scene depicting William Tell shooting at the apple on his son's head; in the background on the left is a gropu of people paying at the tollgate on the bridge of Lucerne; on the right are three men conversing. Above the scene is an eagle with outspead wings beneath an eye symbolizing Providence. Incorporated into the border are the coats of arms of the 13 Swiss cantons (which comprised the Swiss Confederation from 1513-1798) and of a number of the Imperial cities (today part of modern Switzerland) which were in close association with the Swiss confederacy. c.1737, etching and engraving.

The blank tablet in the centre is printed with text in other surviving examples of this print and it seems likely that the print was designed as a frame which could be customised in this way. There is a version in the British Museum (BM no.1895,1031.246) with this tablet inscribed in French Reglemens / de la Sociiéte Suisses / Etablié a Londres, L'Année 1703 / revus & approuvez par / la dite Societé, L'Année 1737. [Rules for the Swiss Society established in London in 1703, reviewed and approved by the said Society, 1737]. The same plate was also used for an invitation from the same Society (see BM no. 1977.U.1218).


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