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The Cossack extinguisher.

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  • Title (object)

    • The Cossack extinguisher.
  • Description

    A smiling bearded Cossack strides towards the spectator, spear in hand, with the left hand he places his conical furred cap over a tiny terrified Napoleon. He says: "I'll Extinguish Your little French— Farthing—Rush light—Master Boney." Napoleon exclaims, trying to run away: "Death and Fury!—how I burn with Rage—those "Frightful—" Contempable [sic] Cossacks has Clouded all my hopes." They are on a plateau: the head of the Cossack's horse is on the extreme left; troops are marching on the plain, where a Cossack is galloping. In the background is the walled town of Leipzig, backed by mountains.
    Plate numbered 217.
    10 November 1813
    Hand-coloured etching


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  • Date

    • 1813
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 348 millimetres
    • Width: 252 millimetres (sheet)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Numbered above image to right, "217", within image with speech balloons and "Price One Shilling Coloured", below with title and publication details: 'Wm E-s Del. Scult./London Pubd Nover 10th 1813 by Thos Tegg- 111 Cheapside."
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
    See No. 12093, &c. For the Cossack 'Cloud' cf. No. 11992. A detail in No. 12254 seems to derive from this print. For the extinguisher cf. No. 12120.
    Broadley, i. 325 (reproduction). De Vinck, No. 8836. Reproduced, Rosner, 'The Writing on the Wall', 1943.


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 12097 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XIXc Mounted Roy)

  • Exhibition history

    1993 May-Jun, Southampton City AG, Europeans in Caricature
    1993 Jul-Sep, Bolton Museum & AG, Europeans in Caricature
    1993 Oct-Nov, Newton Powys, Oriel 31, Europeans in Caricature
    1994 Feb-Mar, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Europeans in Caricature
    1994 May-Jul, Eastbourne, Towner AG, Europeans in Caricature

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FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat).  10 November 1813  Hand-coloured etching


FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 10 November 1813 Hand-coloured etching

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