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- Object: Dream of terror! Or the vission of Louis XVIII-!!
A later state (published after 22 Feb.), aquatinted (coloured impression), the background re-drawn, increasing the Bonapartist bias. Ney and Labédoyère are surrounded by swirling clouds, their hair blows upwards. Ney is without gloves, &c., and Labédoyère points to a wound in his breast, saying:
"Sleep on while I by heaven's high ordinance
"In dreams of horror wake thy frightful Soul
"Now give thy thoughts to me, let 'em behold
"These gaping wounds-
"Now shall thy own devouring Conscience gnaw
"Thy heart & terribly avenge my Murder."
The lines in No. 12707 are spoken by Ney. Their names are removed and replaced, in the upper margin, by 'Ghosts of Ney & Labedoyre'. The men kneeling to Napoleon are not burlesqued; he does not hold a sceptre and the crown is offered on a cushion. A grenadier running beside the King of Rome prods Louis XVIII with his bayonet. The shells are in the form of little beehives, one explodes above the head of Louis, who is more obese, gouty, and absurd than before. The King of Rome holds a sword in place of the hand of Justice. An officer behind Marie Louise cheers wildly. The letter 'N' is added to the flags, and most of the French bayonets are sloped backwards instead of forwards. The pigs flee in wild confusion, instead of as a herd. By the foot of Louis XVIII's bed a large document is added: 'Black Ingratitude & perfidy of the French Royalists in their base and Infamous treatment of Sir Robert Wilson & other English subjects in return for the generous and unexampled Efforts of the British nation which alone caus'd the downfal of Bonaparte & the Restoration of the Bourbons!!' Beside this is a smaller paper: 'Silly communication to the Chamber of Peers about the will of the Queen of Louis 16th.'
? January 1816
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Height: 255 millimetres
Width: 360 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
On 22 Feb. Marie Antoinette's touching letter to Mme Elisabeth was read in the French Chamber. At the King's order a facsimile copy of 'the Queen's testament' was delivered to each member. 'Examiner', 3 Mar. 1816.
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