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- Object: A game at Cribbage or Boney's Last Shuffle-
Napoleon (left) and the Regent (right) face each other in profile across a square card-table, on which is a cribbage-board. Napoleon is much caricatured, a puny figure with his legs dangling from his chair, toes upturned, registering acute anxiety; he grimaces as he puts an eight of clubs on the table, saying "Eight." He holds the ace and knave (or king) of clubs, the three and four of spades. The Regent, handsome and debonair, holds out a king of hearts inscribed 'L. XVIII' saying "XVIII!!!" He holds the eight of diamonds and three court cards, which are portraits of Alexander, inscribed 'A', Blücher, inscribed 'B', and Schwarzenberg inscribed 'S'. Beside him, the top card of a pack, is a queen of hearts inscribed 'Ds of O' [Oldenburg], Alexander's sister Catherine, who visited England 30 Mar.-27 June 1814. The back of Napoleon's chair is decorated with a guillotine, and a bonnet rouge supported on the point of a dagger; on that of the Regent are the Royal Arms and the Prince's feathers. Behind the latter's chair (right) lies a wary British bulldog, symbolizing John Bull.
6 June 1814.
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Height: 212 millimetres
Width: 275 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
Published on the day of the arrival of the Allied sovereigns in England, cf. No. 12278. The Regent is rightly, credited with a share in the restoration of Louis XVIII, cf. No. 12265, &c.; the artist is ignorant of the almost open hostility of the Grand Duchess towards him. The Tsar became a popular hero; he and the Regent vied in slighting each other. See C. K. Webster, 'The Foreign Policy of Castlereagh', i, 1931, pp. 288-92 ; Nicolson, 'The Congress of Vienna', 1946, pp. 106 ff. See Nos. 12289, 12290, 12291. See under No. 12177.
Reid, No. 339. Cohn, No. 1146. Reproduced, Grand-Carteret, 'Napoléon', No. 319.
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