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- Object: Iohn Bull peeping into Brest
John Bull, as a gigantic sailor, clasping both sides of a small boat, peers like an angry ogre at three French ships off the French coast, indicated by a cliff. The ships are in a row, their bows cut off by the left margin. Napoleon stands on the poop of the nearest, pointing at John. He says: "mercy on us what a monster he'll swallow all my ships at a mouth-ful, I hope he dont see me." John roars: "Upon my word - a very Pretty light Breakfast. c.June 1803
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Height: 248 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)
Brest was blockaded in 1803 by a smaller British squadron (under Admiral Cornwallis) than that used in the previous war, on account of the inferiority of the naval forces there. Desbrières, 'Projets et tentatives de débarquement aux îles britanniques', 1902, iii. 42, 595-6. See 'Navy Records Soc., The Blockade of Brest', 1803-1805, 1899, 1901.
Broadley, i. 197. Reproduced, Wheeler and Broadley, ii. 92.
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