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- Object: Dutch night-mare or the fraternal hug returned with a Dutch squeeze
Napoleon lies in bed, with a fat Dutchman seated on his chest, puffing tobacco smoke at his face, and saying "Orange Boven." He grips Napoleon's neck between his legs; the two men face each other in profile, one staring up, terrified, the other looking down. Napoleon's right arm hangs down from the bed, his fist is clenched, his feet (right), with crisped toes, project from under the coverlet. The Dutchman wears a high-crowned hat, with a large (orange) cockade, and bulky breeches; his left hand is in his breeches pocket. The curtains and counterpane are patterned with eagles; the curtains hang from a circular canopy topped by a large crown and a trophy of sword, sceptre, and eagle. They are drawn aside to frame the two figures. On the fringed pelmet eagles alternate with crowns and a papal tiara, emblem of the humiliation of the Papacy. On the right stand two enormous fasces with projecting lictor's axes, the blades turned towards Napoleon. On a stool in front of the bed are the Emperor's bicorne and sword.
29 November 1813.
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Height: 351 millimetres
Width: 349 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
See No. 12102, &c. The liberation was the subject of a 'new song' (printed in Leicester) with the chorus 'Holland's free!—shout Orange Boven', see Van Stolk, No. 6209. For the fraternization of the Dutch with the French invaders in 1795 and their rapid disillusionment see No. 8608, &c. The 'hug Fraternal' is mentioned in No. 9419 (1799); it was further exemplified in the establishment of Louis Bonaparte as King, see No. 10581, &c., and by the annexation of Holland in 1810. For Napoleon's nightmare cf. No. 11736. One of many echoes of Fuseli's picture, cf. No. 12455.
Grego, 'Rowlandson', ii. 260 f. Broadley, i. 342. De Vinck, No. 8842. Van Stolk, No. 6223. (Van Stolk, No. 6224, is a close copy without imprint, with the 'or' of the title replaced by 'of'.)
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