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- Object: Parcelling out John Bull.
Napoleon measures John Bull with a gigantic pair of compasses. The First Consul, very military and active, wearing an enormous cocked hat, stands legs astride, head in profile to the right, and looking at John through a quizzing-glass. John, a fat 'cit', much larger than Napoleon, holds his right fist clenched; his left arm is behind his back. His person is covered with inscriptions: 'Wig Department', 'Department of the Head', 'Arm Department', 'Department of the Body', 'Breeches Pocket Department', 'Fob Department', 'Right Leg Division', 'Left Leg Division'. Napoleon says: "He really will make a pretty addition to my Departments, - he cuts out extreemly well indeed." John says: "Harkee Young one, you have forgotten the Fist Department, and if you don't take away your d-d compasses, I'll give you a relish of it, cut me out Indeed, why I'll fight you with one hand tied behind me." December 1802?
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Height: 271 millimetres
Width: 346 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VIII, 1947)
A satire illustrating the gradual stiffening of opinion in England. In September a 'senatus consultum' appeared ordering the incorporation of Piedmont in France; it was formed into six departments. Elba had already been appropriated, and in October Parma was annexed and incorporated. Switzerland (see BMSat 9982) submitted to a French force under Ney. 'Camb. Hist. of British Foreign Policy', i. 311-15; H. C. Deutsch, 'Genesis of Napoleonic Imperialism', 1938, pp. 74 ff. See also BMSats 9891, 9895, 9897, 9962, 9967, 9972, 9976, 9980, 9989. Cf. BMSats 9972, &c, 9977, &c
Broadley, i. 156 (reproduction).
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