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- Object: Coming in at the death of the Corsican fox. Scene the last.
An adaptation of No. 10039, by Gillray, the place of George III being taken by 'Blucher', the name on a ribbon worn over his uniform. The horse (left) is a restive charger instead of a hunter standing quietly. Blücher leans towards the pack in a fierce attitude, unlike that of the King. The grip of the hand on the fox's neck is as before, and the fox with the profile head of Napoleon registering despair is closely copied. In place of six hounds there are fourteen, six with names on their collars: 'Wellington', 'Swartsenberg', 'Crown Prince' [Bernadotte], 'D. York', 'Kutusoff', 'Row' [with a fourth letter which is perhaps 'L'], Two monarchs wearing crowns gallop up from the right, on a larger scale than the tiny horsemen headed by Pitt in No. 10039. In the background (right) is a flaming town.
12 April 1814.
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Height: 244 millimetres
Width: 348 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
For the final defeat of the French by the allied forces under Blücher and Schwarzenberg cf. No. 12206. Kutusoff died in May 1813, his presence indicates the retreat from Moscow, cf. No. 11917. After Leipzig, Bernadotte, though in command of an army, was inactive. News of Wellington's final victory at Toulouse (10 Apr.) reached London on 25 Apr. 'D. York' may possibly be a deserved tribute to the Duke's work as commander-in-chief, but more probably connotes York von Wartenburg, sometimes styled in the English papers General d'Yorck, a Prussian who fought at Leipzig and Laon; cf. Nos. 12007, 12048. Sir Josias Rowley commanded a small squadron in the Mediterranean which captured Spezzia and Genoa in March and April 1814; news of the latter exploit reached London on 8 May. For the Corsican Fox cf. No. 12094.
Grego, 'Rowlandson', ii. 278 f. Broadley, i. 352.
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