Patience on a Monument

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Patience on a Monument (1791) positions Lady Cecilia, notorious for her grating voice and outspokenness, in an ironic stance of harmony and tranquility as St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music. Mixing this figurative canonization with comic denigration by placing the “saint” on a monument as a chamber pot-catacomb, Gillray adds another layer of irony. These discrepancies elaborate on the tension between societal expectations of women and their enterprising and self-confident individual nature.