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Satirical images of diners in restaurants from 1814-1815


I openly admit I enjoy 19th century French and English satirical images that are related in some fashion to wine.  As I briefly touched on in my previously post, the rise of restaurants began in Paris during the late 18th century.  This led to a series of satirical images of the English eating in French restaurants and vice vera.  The two images featured in this post yield some insight into wine service some two centuries ago.  In the first satire, two English soldiers are acting impolite at their table, behavior which is not missed by the French at their table.  Amongst the three standing bottles of wine and a fourth which is spilling on the ground, is a glas of wine in a tumbler.

Satire on the English in French restaurants. 1814-1815. [1]

Satire on the English in French restaurants. 1814-1815. [1]

In the second image, a large English soldier is sitting at a table loaded with food and wine in the restaurant Véry Frères.  The soldier is full from eating two plates of food and drinking two bottles of wine.  He is unable to continue eating his meal.  The soldier looks at a beggar in the window, remarking to himself how lucky the beggar is to feel hungry.  In this image the soldier drinks wine from a stemmed glass.  In both images, the wine bottles shapes vary.  One bottle is even lightly stoppered by a long cylindrical cork.

Satire of the English in a French restaurant. 1815. [2]

Satire of the English in a French restaurant. 1815. [2]


[1] “Les Français ils vont dire que vou être pas poli, Mylord! Pah! les Français? vous s’havez bien qu’ils n’entendent pas le anglais” by Anonymous.  1814-1815. Museum #1989,1104.62.  The British Museum.
[2] “Suprême bon ton / L’envie réciproque”. Plancher. 1815. Museum #1861,1012.399. The British Museum.

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