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- Object: La nuova Bottega dei Barbieri in Europa. Il Ballerino più ricco
Two satires on one plate.
[La nuova Bottega dei Barbieri in Europa.]
Said to be copied from 'Die neue Europaeische Barbierstube', 1814. Napoleon sits in a low chair to be shaved by (?) the Regent who applies a razor inscribed 'London 1813' to his chin, inscribed 'Olanda'. On the left a second sovereign (? Frederick William) holds Napoleon's shoulders, while a little apart stands Alexander holding the bowl and soap-ball. The sheet which is draped round Napoleon is inscribed 'Milano', 'Culm' [see No. 12177], 'Lipsice' [see No. 12093, &c.], 'Dantzica'. Behind Alexander a map of a great plain intersected by rivers hangs from a table. The figures are not caricatured but are poorly characterized; all wear uniform; the barber has perhaps more resemblance to Bernadotte than to the Regent, whom the inscription on the razor seems to indicate, unless a reference to the British subsidy to Sweden is intended.
[Il Ballerino più ricco]
(For description see other impression)
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Height: 157 millimetres
Width: 222 millimetres (sheet)
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
[La nuova Bottega dei Barbieri in Europa.] Danzig capitulated on 2 Jan. For the revolution in Holland, assisted by Great Britain, see No. 12102, &c. One of many satires (English and French) where shaving is given political significance, cf. No. 12576, &c.
On the same plate as 'Il Ballerino più ricco', see under No. 12046.
Broadley, ii. 124, 160. Milan, No. 2633. Reproduced, A. Commandini, 'L'Italia nei Cento Anni del Secolo XIX', Milan, 1900-1, p. 712, see also p. 506.
Copies of German satires, Scheffler 3.27 (Die neue Europaeische Barbierstube), and 3.59 (Der Rheinische Taenzer).
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