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- Object: [Le jour de barbe]
One of Post-Waterloo French prints (Nos 12562-12577) arranged and numbered by George before authentic dates were ascertained from De Vinck. Napoleon, seated on a stool in profile to the left, is shaved by Blücher (left) and Wellington, in profile to the left. The latter shaves the perfectly bald head, while Blücher, almost full-face, shaves the left cheek. Napoleon has a towel tied round his neck, and places his hands below it to hold up the barber's bowl. In front of him is a small table with a (raised) folding mirror. The inscriptions are below the design: Napoleon asks: "messieurs avec quels Rasoirs me faite [sic] vous la barbe." Wellington answers: "Sire Rasoir anglais."
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Height: 248 millimetres
Width: 177 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
One of many satires on the consequences of Waterloo, see No. 12557, &c. 'Faire la barbe' has also the idiomatic meaning to put someone in his place. The shaving theme was popular in both English and French caricatures, see (e.g.) Nos. 10601, 11917, 12576, 12577, 12596. Cf. No. 12612.
Broadley, ii. 74. De Vinck, No. 9598. Van Stolk, No. 6443.
The title is from Broadley; no title on print. Cf. No. 12577.
This print was entered in the 'dépôt légal' on 31 July, and listed in the 'Bibliographie de France' for 19 August 1815 by Lacroix.
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