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- Object: Sacrifice de Napoléon Buonaparte (18 Juin 1815)
Napoleon (not caricatured) rides, right to left, a galloping charger. Behind him sits Death, a skeleton playing a fiddle, with his scythe attached to his shoulders. On the left is the battle; French soldiers in close formation are advancing with fixed bayonets against enemy cavalry, among clouds of smoke; with them is a mounted officer (? Soult). Napoleon points to his soldiers, turning round to say to Death: "Je te sacrifie encore tout cela!! ...." Death: "Tu y viendras aussi."
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Height: 235 millimetres
Width: 303 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
One of many French satires on Waterloo (see No. 12557, &c.); the flight of Napoleon from the battle was a favourite theme, see No. 12564. Caricatures against the Bourbons, which the Paris print-sellers had been displaying, are said to have almost disappeared from the shops by 26 June. 'Examiner', 2 July 1815, p. 425. Their place was taken by prints against Napoleon.
Broadley, ii. 70 (reproduction), 72. De Vinck, No. 9576. Clerc 115.
This print was deposited on 20 September, and entered in the Bibliographie de la France on 14 October 1815 by Louis.
For another impression see 1868,0808.8228.
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- Associated events
- Associated Event: Battle of Waterloo 1815
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