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- Object: Elba
Copy of a German print (reproduced Norwood Young, 'Napoleon at Elba', 1914, p. 88). A topographical view of Portoferraio is enclosed in a border and rests on a beam which extends to right and left, supporting two elaborate groups of (left) emblems of war, '1813', and (right) emblems of peace, '1814'. A chain supported from three rings hangs along the beam. From the centre ring is suspended a chain which encircles the neck of Napoleon, a bust portrait in profile to the right hanging immediately below the centre of the view of Elba. He wears his petit chapeau, and is not caricatured.
The emblems project from behind the framed view of Elba. On the left are cannon and cannon-balls, a mortar emitting flame and smoke, the broken mast and torn sail of a man-of-war, with the motto 'Discordia', a Napoleonic eagle, a flag inscribed 'N', a broken anchor, a broken caduceus, an overturned bee-hive from which bees fly away, an empty cornucopia, a dead branch, a sheaf of broken paint-brushes in a battered palette. On the right are a mast and sails flying the Bourbon flag, bales of goods, a staff and cap of Liberty with the motto 'Concordia', a bee-hive and bees, an anchor supporting a full cornucopia, from which fall flowers, ears of wheat, and (?) coins. A dove nests in a discarded helmet, above olive-branches; her mate flies towards her with a sprig of olive. Vines and roses complete the group. Below the design:
'The Chains he forg'd for Myriads, to bear,
To his last hour may he be doomd to wear.
War, cruel War, has ceas'd its bloody reign.
And Peace appears, with Plenty in its train.'
22 August 1814
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Height: 252 millimetres
Width: 383 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
The original is closely copied, except that Napoleon hanged replaces an oval miniature of the Emperor, suspended from the chain. The verses replace the inscription 'Porto ferraio auf Elba'. For Napoleon in Elba see No. 12229, &c.; for peace, No. 12265, &c.
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