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- Object: Ultimatum of the ambassedor taking proper steps
Whitworth, British Ambassador in Paris, steps into his carriage, looking over his shoulder at Napoleon (right) to offer him an 'Ultimatum'. He says: "Be quick, or D-m-e I'm off." Bonaparte (right) steps towards him, weeping with clasped hands, saying: "Pray stop & I will agree to any terms." He wears the customary uniform and cocked hat, and his huge spurs, but is stout instead of puny. Whitworth (K.B.) wears ribbon and star. A crude, cheap print. 14 May 1803
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Height: 205 millimetres (cropped)
Width: 281 millimetres (cropped)
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VIII, 1947)
On 26 Apr. Whitworth communicated verbally to Talleyrand the terms insisted on in instructions of 23 Apr.; he declared that failing acceptance he had orders to leave France in seven days, thus giving a virtual ultimatum. He delayed departure till 12 May. O. Browning, 'England and Napoleon in 1803', 1887, pp. 192-242. See BMSats 9989, 9996, &c.
Broadley, i. 163.
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