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- Object: Le Sire-Conscrit dans l'Ile d'Elbe
A French print. Portraits of Napoleon and Mme Mère, seated at a table, the corner of which forms the base of the design on the left, the figures being less than half length. Napoleon, in profile to the left, is a conscript, he holds the number he has drawn, 'n° 18'; he registers angry dismay, and his words issue from tightly closed lips: "ah! Maman queu guignon [what bad luck] J'amene Le 18." His mother leans towards him, putting her left hand on his shoulder; she says, with a melancholy expression: "Console toi mon fils tu as un remplaçant [Louis XVIII]." Napoleon wears his accustomed uniform, but with a musket and a knapsack on his shoulders which is decorated with gold bees and gold fringe; his petit-chapeau is on the back of his head, so that it passes for a private's cap; in it are bunches of blue and red ribbon, and the number '18'. Mme Mère has an elongated face and emaciated neck, surrounded by a high vandyked ruff; her head-dress is a pointed tiara on which are medallion portraits or cameos in ovals; this frames the tight curls on her forehead. From her neck hangs a medallion on which are three superimposed profiles, the uppermost resembling Napoleon.
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Height: 205 millimetres
Width: 163 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
Mme Mère visited Napoleon in Elba (see No. 12229, &c.), arriving on 2 Aug. from Leghorn.
Broadley, ii. 59. De Vinck, No. 9360. Reproduced, Bourguignon, ii. 262.
Dated by M. D. George, 16 July 1814.
See Catherine Clerc, 'La caricature contre Napoléon', Paris 1985, no.68. The date of the 'dépôt légal' was 16 July 1814. The 18 refers to the 18 Brumaire, which was both the day of Napoleon's coup and of Louis XVIII's arrival.
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