Early 19th-Century Observations of Britain by a Frenchman
This interesting collection of pen and ink works documents the observations and exploits of a French traveller to England, Scotland and Ireland in the early 19th century. The traveller is a Mr Trottman and the inscriptions are in French. Mr Trottman has a humorously simplistic view of the countries he visits, stereotyping and getting into scrapes for misunderstandings. The drawings satirise English pretensions after the victory at Waterloo, and the stereotypes of Scottish merriment and hospitality, and Irish poverty and brawn. The rapidly drawn nature of the drawings captures the essence of a scene or observation with wonderful economy. Together they drawings are a lightly satirical record of cultural impressions of the early 19th century.