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- Object: Le Marché conclu, ou la Capitulation
A satire on the capitulation of Paris. It is being signed by Talleyrand and (?) Marmont, who are fox and cat respectively, with human heads (not caricatured). They are heavily bribed by three officers (much caricatured) representing the Allies. Talleyrand (left) is identified by a high surgical shoe on his right leg, and by a crutch lying beside him. The document on the table is headed: 'Capitulation, 30 Mars 1814'. Talleyrand's pen rests on the text, below 'Art 2'; that of Marmont, who is on his left, rests below 'Art 1er'. The latter puts his left paw on a money-bag inscribed '5 Millions placés sur le Banque de Londres', to which the (?) Prussian officer beside him points. Facing the two signatories stands a Russian (Alexander) in profile to the left, holding out a bag of 'Roubles'. Between him and the Prussian stands a hideous British officer with protruding tongue (? Wellington), who holds a bag of 'Guinées', while he clasps two other bags to his chest. Behind (left) a row of five windmills (as in No. 12236) on a hill indicates Montmartre, where the fighting of 30 Mar. had taken place (cf. No. 12214). A pillar supporting an architrave forms a conventional background on the right.
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Height: 228 millimetres
Width: 322 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
By the capitulation of Marmont and Mortier (printed 'Gazette Extraordinary', 9 Apr. 1814) the city was to be evacuated by their troops on 31 Mar., leaving the National Guard, and was to be recommended to the generosity of the Allies, cf. No. 12233. The artist was probably aware of Marmont's treachery on the night of 4 Apr. when he brought his corps within the Allied lines, making further resistance by Napoleon impossible, cf. No. 12271. Talleyrand's venality and intrigues with the Allies and the Bourbons were notorious, cf. Nos. 12115, 12225. The part played by British gold is characteristic of French political satires, see Nos. 10522, 10611, &c., 12522, 12542. Cf. No. 12118.
De Vinck, No. 8925. Hennin, No. 13546. Reproduced, Bourguignon, ii. 242.
Dated by M. D. George, c. Apr. 1814.
This print was listed in the 'Bibliographie de France' for 8 April 1815 by Mme Meyer, rue de Tournon, no.6, by whom other prints are recorded..
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