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Collection of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Drawing, "Cartoon for cotton printing: The Life of Belisaire [La Vie de Bélisaire]", ca. 1820

type: Drawing

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The design of a finished cartoon illustrates five scenes from the later life of the Byzantine general, Belisarius (ca.505-565), of Macedonia. On upper left, Belisarius' dream; upper right, Belisarius recognizing a friend; center, Belisarius setting free the Visigoths; lower left, Belisarius begging alms at the gates of Constantinople; and lower right, Belisarius' dream of justice. A schematic substitution by the artist is pasted in the upper center of the composition.


Bonaventure M. Lebert
Bridget Mahon


Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design