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- Object: The Royal Allied Oak and self created mushroom Kings
A puzzle-print. A gnarled and aged oak grows on a mound above a small piece of water. In the background the Tower of Windsor Castle emerges from trees. A pair of profiles facing each other is defined by the upper branches, two other pairs are defined by the contour of the trunk. Above, George III (left) faces Louis XVIII (right). Below, the Regent faces the Tsar, and near the ground Wellington faces Blücher. In the foreground are two mushrooms (cf. No. 11057), the frayed edges of which outline profiles horizontally placed and gazing upwards. Three other profiles, all looking up, are defined by leaves near the root of the tree; one of the latter, on the extreme left, appears to represent Napoleon, the other four are presumably Joseph, Lucien (or Murat), Louis, and Jérôme. Below the title:
'Behold the Oak, whose firm fix'd Stay
Doth check Oppression's course,
Whose slightest branch can ne'er decay,
While strong with Virtue's force.
Our much-loved Sovereign decks the branch
The highest of the Tree;
And peaceful Louis tho' driven from France,
Among its boughs you'll see.
The Regent's Portrait next behold,
Whose councils Wisdom guides;
And Russia's noble Monarch bold,
Who check'd the Tyrant's strides.
Immortal Wellington next is seen,
Whose fame can ne'er expire;
And vet'ran Blucher's warlike mien,
That kindled Napoleon's ire.
The Mushroom Race you have to seek
In weeds about the Root,
Who scarce dare at the Oak to peep,
Or at its Princely Fruit.
May 29 1815
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Height: 300 millimetres
Width: 216 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
A counter-blast to the Bonapartist puzzle-portraits, see No. 12512, &c. Cf. No. 12551. It perhaps derives from a French oak-tree print with profiles of Napoleon, Marie Louise, and their son: 'Honneur et Fidélité . . .' (Musée Carnavalet), reproduced Simond, 'Paris', i. 255. Cf. a post-Waterloo French print, 'Tant va la Cruche à l'eau qu'à la fin elle se Casse' (in B.M.): in the contours of a broken pitcher lying on its side are profiles of Napoleon, the King of Rome, Cambacérès, and five others.
Listed by Broadley.
- Not on display
- Associated names
Associated with: Alexander I, Tsar of Russia
Associated with: Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher
Associated with: Jérôme Bonaparte, King of Westphalia
Associated with: Lucien Bonaparte, Prince of Canino and Musignano
Associated with: Joseph Bonaparte, King of Naples and Spain
Associated with: George III, King of the United Kingdom
Associated with: George IV, King of the United Kingdom
Associated with: Louis XVIII, King of France
Associated with: Joachim Murat, King of Naples
Associated with: Napoléon I, Emperor of the French
Associated with: Louis Bonaparte, King of Holland
Associated with: Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington
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