An interesting caricature from Thomas Rowlandson, dated 1792, setting out English view of revolutionary France. No sitting on the fence here!
It appears courtesy of the Lewis Walpole site. Their explanation of the scene:
“Two medallions side-by-side contrast British Liberty and French Liberty. On the
left Britannia is seated under a large oak looking out to sea at a ship under
full sail. At her feet lies the British lion, in her hands the scales of justice
and a copy of the Magna Charta. On the right French Liberty, Medusa-like,
tramples on a decapitated body, as she holds a trident impaled with a head and
two hearts. In the background a body hangs from a street lamp shaped like a
gibbet. Beneath the images, a list of contrasting virtues and vices of the two
That’s what I like about the British – we are always magnanimous about our French cousins, always balanced, always fair-minded!