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- Object: Bon à part ou le jeu des quatre coins
One of French prints (Nos 12582-12589) arranged before the authentic dates of some plates were ascertained from De Vinck. See also Nos. 12595-12606, 12708-12712. A French print. Napoleon sits in the centre in profile to the left on a large chamber-pot; he wears his petit chapeau, grey great-coat, and spurred jack-boots. He is surrounded at each corner of a fortified space by a representative of the four Allies. In the foreground (left) Blücher leans with folded arms against a cannon on a gun-carriage; he is smoking a pipe with a long curved stem, and says : "ce B ....... a beau dire ce n'est pas là de la Violette." At the opposite corner, Wellington, more alert, holding his sword, says: "qui compte sans son hote compte deux fois." The other two are in the background. The Emperor of Austria (left) points at Napoleon, saying, "Ton cas est mauvais"; Alexander (right), facing him, also points, saying, "cette foi ci tu y es pour tout de bon." Above the head of each a flag with a double-headed (Austrian and Russian) eagle flies from adjacent fortifications. Napoleon holds a sheaf of papers in his left hand: 'Contribution Extraord[inaire] de 100 Millions'; 'Conscription levée [en] ma[sse]'; 'impot dou[ble]'; he says: "Après avoir été Maistre des 4 coins du Globe je n'en puis trouver un pour reposer ma téte [sic]."
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Height: 213 millimetres
Width: 318 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
Probably a bitter sequel to 'Le Jeu des quatre Coins [puss in the corner] ou les cinq Frères', 1808 (in B.M.): Napoleon stands on the globe, making Joseph, Jérôme, Louis, and Murat, his vassal-kings at the four corners, change places on the map of Europe. For 'la Violette' see No. 12512, &c.; the allusion is probably to a satire on the Champ de Mai: 'Serrement de nez (Serment de Ney)' (in B.M.), apparently by the same artist as this print, where Ney, kissing Napoleon's posterior, says "je jure que ça sent la violette." For conscription see No. 12087, &c.
Broadley, ii. 77. De Vinck, No. 8143.
This print was entered in the 'dépôt légal' on 5 September, and listed in the 'Bibliographie de France' for 16 September 1815 by Gautier. See Hans Peter Mathis (ed), 'Napoleon I im Spiegel der Karikatur', Napoleon-Museum Arenenberg (Zurich 1998), cat.187.
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