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- Object: Le miroir de la Vérité ou le tigre écrasé
One of French prints (Nos 12582-12589) arranged before the authentic dates of some plates were ascertained from De Vinck. See also Nos. 12595-12606, 12708-12712. Blücher (left) and Napoleon (right) support a heavy pier-glass in an upright position. Its solid base rests on the back of the prostrate Napoleon, from whose mouth issues a label: 'Si je pouvais encore me sauver! . . . mais non c'est fini Nicolas est pris.' The mirror, which towers above the head of its supporters, is framed by pillars, each surmounted by a fleur-de-lis. These also decorate the heavy superstructure which supports a trophy of two oval shields with the arms of Bourbon and Navarre, surmounted by a crown as in No. 12581, and four white flags. On the face of the mirror is a large Bourbon crown, and a lily plant. Blücher says: "Le Diable m'emporte s'il en réchappe." Wellington responds: "Pour cette fois nous en répondons."
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Height: 266 millimetres
Width: 193 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
A satire on the surrender of Napoleon, see No. 12579. For 'Nicolas' see No. 12256, &c.
Broadley, ii. 77. Hennin, No. 13766. De Vinck, No. 9670.
This print was entered in the 'dépôt légal' on 29 August, and listed in the 'Bibliographie de France' for 2 September by Louis.
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