Jurons !!! pas de diminutions...... by LES VAMPIRES.

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~ Jurons !!! pas de diminutions...... Paris: H. Platel. Cheyère, [n.d. 1826].

Single sheet lithograph (330 × 240 mm), with contemporary hand colouring.

Two blood-sucking landlords expelling a bewildered tenant. In the hand of one of the ‘vampires’ a note reads ‘eviction’ [congé], ‘end of lease’ [fin de bail] and ‘increase’ [augmentation] and all the notes scattered on the ground make reference to the real estate business. The caption reads ‘We promise, no reduction’. Paris (like London) was in the throes of a vampire craze in the 1820s, following the publication of Polidori’s The Vampyre in 1819, Charles Nodier’s melodrama Le Vampire was performed in Paris in June 1820, and spawned a host of spinoffs in popular culture and the press.

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