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- Object: Monkeys allowance more kicks than dumplings
Napoleon, with his hands tied behind him, is surrounded by Allied sovereigns and commanders, who kick and buffet him. He is much shorter than his tormentors, and looks over his shoulder to the left with an agonized expression. Labels, each with a number, ascend from the mouths of the assailants. Wellington attacks him from the right: "Master Boney with his fol der lol le / I buffet away on the Plain Sir N° 1." Facing Napoleon is (?) the King of Prussia: "N 2 and I'll assist your worships Fist with all my Might and Main Sir." Blücher kicks and strikes Napoleon on the left: "and I'll have a Thump / although he's so plump N° 3." Behind Wellington stands (?) the Emperor of Austria, singing, "and we'll make such a woundy racket N° 4." On the extreme right the King of Holland, a fat Dutchman in baggy breeches smoking a pipe, stands with his hands behind his back. He sings: "we'll ramp we'll Swear N° 5." Behind Blücher the Tsar leans forward aggressively: "We'll Tear N 6." Behind again and on the extreme left is Bernadotte, arms raised above his head: "Oh Rare N 7." In front (left) is Louis XVIII supported on crutch and stick and raising a gouty leg in an ungainly caper. He sings: "I warant we'll Pepper his Jacket N 8." Below the title: "a Farce Performed with Great Eclat at the National Theatre in the Netherlands."
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Height: 223 millimetres
Width: 299 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
The words of this print on Waterloo, see No. 12557, &c., are a parody of air viii, Act III, of O'Hara's burletta 'Midas' (1764), cf. Nos. 7393, 7498.
Broadley, i. 387.
Dated by M. D. George, June 1815.
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