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- Object: Violettes du 20 Mars 1815
A puzzle print. A bunch of violets in which are concealed the profiles of Napoleon, Marie Louise, and the King of Rome. Marie Louise (left) and Napoleon (right) face each other in the upper part of bunch and on its outer edge, Napoleon's cocked hat being formed of a leaf. The child is in profile to the right between and below his parents. A thread is twisted round the stalks.
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Height: 141 millimetres
Width: 90 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
One of many similar prints, and the original of several copies and adaptations. The title refers to Napoleon's entry into Paris on 20 Mar. See No. 12511, &c.
Broadley, ii. 91. De Vinck, No. 9398. Reproduced, with the title "Le Caporal la Violette", Dayot, 'Napoléon', p. 378.
Dated by M. D. George, 27 March 1815. The 'Direction de la Librairie' was abolished by decree on 24 Mar. 'Examiner', 1815, p. 215.
The first state of this print (de Vinck 9398) was entered in the 'dépôt légal' on 27 March 1815 with the address rue des Noyers no.37 (so de Vinck). This is a second state, with certain elements taken out.
For the origin of the violet as a Bonapartist symbol, see BM Satires 12512.
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