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- Object: The Corsican and his blood hounds at the window of the Thuilleries looking over Paris
Napoleon, not caricatured, stands on a balcony, leaning forward to look down at the scene which Death, a skeleton, points out. He wears his petit-chapeau, and his uniform, without orders, is buttoned to the neck. Death is perched on the parapet, turning his head to the left, to stare in Napoleon's face; in his right hand is his javelin; he points with outstretched left hand. His hour-glass stands on the parapet, which is inscribed 'More Horrors' and 'Death and Destruction'. Below (right) are the heads and shoulders of a mob with pikes, bayonets, and imperial eagles. There are two heads on pikes. Behind them are the roofs and towers of a corner of Paris, with a domed church surmounted by a cross. Close behind Napoleon stand four of his marshals or generals, staring down at the scene of bloodshed. Next the Emperor is Ney, his hand on his sword; the others are probably Vandamme, Davout, and Lefebvre, as in No. 12527. The Devil stands behind, grasping Ney and Napoleon in his hairy arms. His grinning head looks to the left, between those of his victims. Two pistols, a dagger, and axe lie on the parapet.
16 April 1815
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Height: 240 millimetres
Width: 344 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 several prints in which Napoleon is in company with Death, and of many in which he is with the Devil.
Grego, 'Rowlandson', ii. 292 f. Broadley, i. 379. Reproduced, Grand-Carteret, 'Napoléon', No. 342; Ashbee, 'Caricature', 1928, p. 47.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2015 Feb-Aug, BM, Rm 90, Bonaparte and the British
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