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- Object: The ex-emperor in a bottle.
Napoleon stands in a bottle looking to the right, his right hand thrust under his waistcoat, as in Isabey's Malmaison portrait. He wears orders and ribbon, but no hat or sword. On the right stand closely grouped the allied sovereigns, on the left the generals. The Regent is the most conspicuous figure, holding up a tablet inscribed 'Martial Achievements', on which is a cannon. He wears ornate hussar uniform. The others are (left to right) Francis I, standing behind the others, Alexander, and Frederick William, his head in profile to the left. All are in uniform. In the front of them Louis XVIII kneels in profile to the left, with clasped hands, gazing up at the Regent's tablet. The most prominent general is Wellington, holding his sword and cocked hat; he wears two ribbons and is covered with orders, among which the collar and George of the Garter and the Golden Fleece are conspicuous. Behind him (left to right) are Platoff and Blücher, both much decorated, and Schwarzenberg who is partly behind the bottle. Not a caricature; the heads are stippled portraits. Below the title:
'Ambitions dread career at length is o'er,
And weeping Europe hopes for peace once more;
Sov'reigns in arms, at length the world have free'd,
And Britain's warlike Sons no more shall bleed;
The great Napoleon now resigns his sway,
And in a bottle seal'd is borne away.
England's great Prince, whom Europe does confess
The potent friend of Freedom in distress,
With ALLIES brave, to the world impartial,
Seal'd up their foe with ACHIEVEMENTS MARTIAL*,
That he no more disturb the tranquil World
Nor be again his bloody flag unfurl'd.
'Twos Alexander great, of generous mind,
With zealous Frederick, who to peace inclined,
Resolved with Francis, in propitious hour,
To free old Gallia from the Despot's power.
Her tyrannic Lord from rule is driven,
And grateful Louis offers thanks to Heaven.
The MARTIAL HEROES next a tribute claim:
First Wellington, immortal is his fame;
And Blücher, who, for valour long renown'd,
Compell'd the Tyrant's legions to give ground;
The cautious Swartzenburg, of wise delays,
And the brave Platoff, ask their share of praise.
*THE MARTIAL ACHIEVEMENTS OF GREAT BRITAIN & HER ALLIES, a splendid graphical Work ...' [to be published in thirteen numbers, . . . each number £1. 1. 0 to Subscribers, £1. 11. 6 to non-subscribers].
25 August 1815
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Height: 273 millimetres
Width: 320 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
Apparently an advertisement of the well-known book containing 52 coloured aquatints after W. Heath. For the decision to send Napoleon to St. Helena see No. 12592. A Convention was arranged, signed at Paris on 2 Aug., binding the other Powers to send Commissioners as witnesses to his custody by the British.
Broadley, i. 388 f. De Vinck, No. 9587.
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