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- Object: Intended bonne farte raising a southerly wind.
The Straits of Dover: Bonaparte (left) stands on the one side, stooping down with bared posteriors, from which fly through the air balloons, parachutes, infantry, cavalry, artillery, tents, and wagons. A tiny guillotine is towed and pushed towards England. The sky is sprinkled with these invaders, the largest object being a balloon whose basket bristles with tiny guns; from this an anchor hangs on a rope. Bonaparte stoops down, his hands on his knees, while an officer stands beside him feeding him with a spoon with 'Parched Peas' from the former's large cocked hat, which is on the ground, the crown filled with peas. Bonaparte says: "Oh Berthier - Berthier - I can't go through with it I fear." Berthier answers: "That's your sort my Boy. The Directory will give us Imortal Honer for this, its a new way of raising the Wind. \ come a few more they are Nice and Hot."
In the sea a giant raft with one sail makes for England; guns project from its sides, and troops are indicated by flags and bayonets. On the English coast are cliffs. A huge sea monster has reached the shore and soldiers are landing from its open jaws. An English Jacobin wearing a bonnet-rouge embraces the leader, who steps ashore; he says: "My dear Monge you'r right welcom you have had a dreadful voyage". Men with fixed bayonets follow Monge. On the cliff immediately above the monster stand Sheridan and Fox, welcoming the aerial army; Horne Tooke sits at their feet; they say: "How fragrant is this Southern Breeze". Lauderdale, very small, wearing Highland dress, stands beside Fox, saying: "Hoot Mon this reminds me of sweet Edinburgh." Beneath the title: 'Or a Sketch of the Intended Invincible Invasion found at the door of Brooks's in St James's Street' [cf. BMSat 8826]. 20 February 1798 [or 10 February 1798]
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Height: 275 millimetres
Width: 390 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
For the Army of England and the giant raft, the design of which was attributed to Monge, the great mathematician and friend of Bonaparte, see BMSat 9160, &c. For aerial invasion cf. BMSat 9176, &c.
Broadley, i. 108-9.
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2015 Feb-Aug, BM, Rm 90, Bonaparte and the British
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